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English definition of “assail”

assail

verb [T]    /əˈseɪl/
to criticize something or someone strongly, or to cause someone to experience unpleasant thoughts or feelings: Many parents assailed the proposal to lengthen the school day. After the decision to quit his job, he was assailed by doubts.
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