|Origin:||asaillir, from Latin assilire, from ad- 'to' + salire 'to jump'|
as‧sail [transitive] formal
1 [usually passive]
if you are assailed by unpleasant thoughts or feelings, they worry or upset you:
Carla was suddenly assailed by doubts.
if a strong smell or loud sound assails you, you suddenly experience it:
The smell of rotten meat assailed her nostrils.
to attack someone or something violently
to criticize someone or something severely
assail somebody for something
He was assailed for gross misconduct.