To strike with reasoning, arguments, censure, punishment, criticism, appeals, entreaties, or whatever bears upon the mind or emotions: as, to assail an obnoxious person with jeers.
to-fall upon; deliver something to bear upon or against; are exposed to: as, the ship had been assailed by a severe violent storm.
Synonyms combat, Set upon, Fall upon, Assail, Assault. Combat, virtually to fasten to, is one of general of these words. Set upon and fall upon possess vigor of quick and familiar terms, and they present a rapid, energetic attack. Assail and attack, actually to leap or spring at, tend to be to attack vehemently and perhaps instantly. Attack is the stronger regarding the two, and it is specially used of attacks with private physical violence, as with fists, stones, etc. All five among these words might be extended to warfare, and contests and battles of any sort.