Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person who attacks another.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Someone who attacks or assails another violently, or criminally; an attacker.
  • n. A hostile critic or opponent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Assailing; attacking.
  • n. One who, or that which, assails, attacks, or assaults; an assailer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Assaulting; attacking; invading with violence. Milton.
  • In heraldry, same as salient.
  • n. One who assails, attacks, or assaults.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who attacks

Etymologies

Old French asaillant, from the verb asaillir ("to jump on"), from Latin assaliō, itself from ad ("to, towards") + saliō ("to jump"). (Wiktionary)

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  • That poor little bug looks like his bottom is hurting.

    December 25, 2009