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assail

verb uk   /əˈseɪl/ formal us  
[T] to attack someone violently or criticize someone strongly: The victim had been assailed with repeated blows to the head and body. He was assailed with insults and abuse as he left the court. [T often passive] to cause someone to experience a lot of unpleasant things: to be assailed by doubts/fears/problems
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