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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.Disapproving and criticizingDamaging reputationPhysical and sexual assault and abductionSexual activity in general [T often passive] to cause someone to experience a lot of unpleasant things: to be assailed by doubts/fears/problemsOccurring and happening
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