Synonyms of assail in English:


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See Spanish definition of atacar


1‘the army moved down the slope to assail the enemy’

attack, assault, make an assault on, launch an attack on, pounce on, set upon, launch oneself at, weigh into, fly at, let fly at, turn on, round on, lash out at, hit out at, beset, belabour, fall on, accost, mug, charge, rush, storm, besiege
informal lay into, tear into, lace into, sail into, pitch into, get stuck into, wade into, let someone have it, beat up, jump
British informal set about, have a go at
North American informal light into

2‘she was assailed by doubts’

trouble, disturb, worry, plague, beset, torture, torment, rack, bedevil, nag, vex, harass, pester, dog
be prey to, be the victim of

3‘critics assailed the policy’

criticize, censure, attack, condemn, castigate, chastise, berate, lambast, lash, pillory, find fault with, abuse, revile, give someone a bad press
informal knock, slam, hammer, lay into, give someone a roasting, cane, blast, give someone hell, bite someone's head off, jump down someone's throat
British informal slate, slag off, monster
North American informal pummel, cut up
Australian, New Zealand informal bag
dated rate
archaic slash
rare excoriate, objurgate, reprehend