1. Attack someone physically or emotionally (synset 201122487)
    "The mugger assaulted the woman"; "Nightmares assailed him regularly"
  2. Launch an attack or assault on;
    Begin hostilities or start warfare with (synset 201121587)
    "Hitler attacked Poland on September 1, 1939 and started World War II"; "Serbian forces assailed Bosnian towns all week"
  3. Attack in speech or writing (synset 200864347)
    "The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker"

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