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Assail synonyms
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To use force against in order to harm; start a fight with; strike out at with physical or military force; assault
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  1. To use force against in order to harm; start a fight with; strike out at with physical or military force; assault
  2. To begin acting upon harmfully or destructively
  3. To start work on with purpose and vigor:
To make a violent assault upon; attack.
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  1. To make a violent assault upon; attack.
  2. In criminal and tort law, an act, usually consisting of a threat or attempt to inflict bodily injury upon another person, coupled with the apparent present ability to succeed in carrying out the threat or the attempt if not prevented, that causes the person to have a reasonable fear or apprehension of immediate harmful or offensive contact. No intent to cause battery or the fear or apprehension is required so long as the victim is placed in reasonable apprehension or fear. No actual physical injury is needed to establish an assault, but if there is any physical contact, the act constitutes both an assault and a battery.
  3. Any attack .
To trouble persistently; harass.
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  1. To trouble persistently; harass.
  2. To cover or set thickly with; stud
  3. To attack from all sides; harass or besiege
To afflict with a plague
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  1. To afflict with a plague
  2. An often fatal disease caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis, transmitted to humans usually by fleas that have bitten infected rats or other rodents. &diamf3; Bubonic plague , the most common type, is characterized by the tender, swollen lymph nodes called buboes, fever, clotting abnormalities of the blood, and tissue necrosis. An epidemic of bubonic plague in fourteenth-century Europe and Asia was known as the Black Death.
  3. To be a widespread or continuous problem or defect in:
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To make a violent assault upon; attack.
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  1. To make a violent assault upon; attack.
  2. To attack verbally; criticize or denounce.
  3. In criminal and tort law, an act, usually consisting of a threat or attempt to inflict bodily injury upon another person, coupled with the apparent present ability to succeed in carrying out the threat or the attempt if not prevented, that causes the person to have a reasonable fear or apprehension of immediate harmful or offensive contact. No intent to cause battery or the fear or apprehension is required so long as the victim is placed in reasonable apprehension or fear. No actual physical injury is needed to establish an assault, but if there is any physical contact, the act constitutes both an assault and a battery.
To moisten (meat, for example) periodically with a liquid, such as melted butter or a sauce, especially while cooking.
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  1. To moisten (meat, for example) periodically with a liquid, such as melted butter or a sauce, especially while cooking.
  2. To attack with words; abuse
  3. To beat soundly; thrash
To subject (a smaller or weaker person) to frequent beatings
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  1. To subject (a smaller or weaker person) to frequent beatings
  2. To beat or strike with blow after blow; pound
  3. To pound noisily and repeatedly
To emit sound when struck:
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  1. To emit sound when struck:
  2. To shape or break by repeated blows; forge:
  3. To hit or strike repeatedly; pound
To attack with words; scold
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  1. To attack with words; scold
  2. To beat severely; hit or whip
  3. To attack with blows; hit, beat, or whip.
To cause repeated difficulty or harm to (a person or group):
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  1. To cause repeated difficulty or harm to (a person or group):
  2. To hit or beat, especially repeatedly.
  3. To hit with the hand or fist; punch; slap
To beat the ground; stamp.
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  1. To beat the ground; stamp.
  2. To beat as with a stick or club; cudgel; thrash
  3. To pound; throb.
To strike repeated blows with or as with a hammer
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  1. To strike repeated blows with or as with a hammer
  2. To hit, especially repeatedly, with a hammer; pound.
  3. To beat into a shape with a hammer or similar tool:
To strike repeatedly and forcefully, especially with the hand or a tool:
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  1. To strike repeatedly and forcefully, especially with the hand or a tool:
  2. To beat heavily; throb
  3. To confine in, or as in, a pound; to impound.
  1. To hit or strike heavily and repeatedly.
  2. To beat or batter, as with the fists:
  3. To beat or hit with repeated blows, esp. with the fist
To break or shatter into pieces with noise or violence
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  1. To break or shatter into pieces with noise or violence
  2. (--- Sports) To hit (a ball, puck, or shuttlecock) in a forceful overhand stroke.
  3. To break suddenly into pieces, as from a violent blow or collision:
To move or toss about violently, flinging the arms, legs, etc. about wildly or vigorously
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  1. To move or toss about violently, flinging the arms, legs, etc. about wildly or vigorously
  2. To move wildly or violently:
  3. To strike or beat, especially repeatedly with a flail or stick.
To discuss or examine (an issue, for example) repeatedly.
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  1. To discuss or examine (an issue, for example) repeatedly.
  2. To use a machine or flail to separate grain or seeds from straw.
  3. To beat or strike as with a flail
To scold, reprimand or criticize harshly.
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  1. To scold, reprimand or criticize harshly.
  2. (Dated) To give a thrashing to; to beat severely.
  3. To beat soundly; thrash
To strike with great force
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  1. To strike with great force
  2. To strike violently and repeatedly; batter or maul.
  3. To beat or hit repeatedly; maul
To inflict physical, sexual, or psychological harm upon
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  1. To inflict physical, sexual, or psychological harm upon
  2. To force sexual activity on; rape or molest.
  3. To use improperly or excessively; misuse:
To assail with scornful or abusive language; vituperate.
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  1. To assail with scornful or abusive language; vituperate.
  2. To use abusive language
To rebuke or criticize harshly or angrily; berate.
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  1. To rebuke or criticize harshly or angrily; berate.
  2. To speak abusively to or about; berate; revile
  3. To use harshly critical or irate language; rail.
To initiate an attack, war, quarrel, or fight.
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  1. To initiate an attack, war, quarrel, or fight.
  2. To start a quarrel or be the first to attack
To make a violent assault upon; attack.
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  1. To make a violent assault upon; attack.
  2. In criminal and tort law, an act, usually consisting of a threat or attempt to inflict bodily injury upon another person, coupled with the apparent present ability to succeed in carrying out the threat or the attempt if not prevented, that causes the person to have a reasonable fear or apprehension of immediate harmful or offensive contact. No intent to cause battery or the fear or apprehension is required so long as the victim is placed in reasonable apprehension or fear. No actual physical injury is needed to establish an assault, but if there is any physical contact, the act constitutes both an assault and a battery.
  3. To attack verbally; criticize or denounce.
To set upon with violent force.
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  1. To set upon with violent force.
  2. To use force against in order to harm; start a fight with; strike out at with physical or military force; assault
  3. To start work on with purpose and vigor:
To trouble persistently; harass.
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  1. To trouble persistently; harass.
  2. To cover or set thickly with; stud
  3. To attack from all sides; harass or besiege
To experience; to suffer; to fall upon.
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To assault or capture suddenly:
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  1. To assault or capture suddenly:
  2. To blow with strong winds and usually produce copious rain, snow, or other precipitation:
  3. To capture or attempt to capture (a fortified place) with a sudden, strong attack
To affect keenly or forcibly; impress:
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  1. To affect keenly or forcibly; impress:
  2. To begin a military attack:
  3. To attack
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