Meaning of “assail” in the English Dictionary

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"assail" in American English

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assailverb [ T ]

us /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.

(Definition of “assail” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)