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Definition attack physically or verbally
  • Serbian forces assailed Bosnian towns.
assailed = attacked
  • She took every opportunity to assail the policy.
  • assail = attack
  • Discourteous knight, it ill becomes you to assail one who cannot defend himself...
    Miguel Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Gregor kept trying to assure himself that nothing unusual was happening, it was just a few pieces of furniture being moved after all, but he soon had to admit that the women going to and fro, their little calls to each other, the scraping of the furniture on the floor, all these things made him feel as if he were being assailed from all sides.
    Franz Kafka  --  Metamorphosis
  • assailed = attacked
  • At this pale fear assailed them, and next they heard again the old forecaster, Halitherses Mastorides.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • A shameful consciousness of his own person assailed him.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • I sympathize with those whose hearts were pained, as mine was pained, when Mr. Max so cynically assailed our sacred customs.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • A bitter cold assailed me.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • And another party assails the gates of the city!
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • Some vague foreboding seemed to assail him.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • Clary stared at him, then spun around as the rending screech of metal assailed her ears.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • And now a new temptation assailed him.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • He walked slowly and cautiously, prepared to be assailed at any moment.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • It was only one phase of the multitudinous emotions which had assailed her.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • They are probably assailing it by now.
    Wole Soyinka  --  Death and the King's Horseman
  • But in fact I also felt assailed by weakness when I saw Stella beckon.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Hygeia was assailing Piper with health care questions.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • Heat assailed Eragon like a physical blow as he dismounted Snowfire onto the baked, cracked ground.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • He had deferred to this sentiment in his Inaugural Address, saying to the South: "The government will not assail you.
    Richard Hofstadter  --  Abraham Lincoln and the Self-Made Myth
  • They'd start hollering somewhere in the middle of the house, assail each other furiously, then retire to their corners and start drinking.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker

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