from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A person who attacks another.
from The Century Dictionary.
- Assaulting; attacking; invading with violence. Milton.
- In heraldry, same as
- noun One who assails, attacks, or assaults.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Assailing; attacking.
- noun One who, or that which, assails, attacks, or assaults; an assailer.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun Someone who
attacksor assailsanother violently, or criminally; an attacker.
- noun figuratively, by extension A
hostile criticor opponent.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun someone who attacks
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UPDATE 3 - I see from the Englishman that the Royal Marine who got kicked in the head during their attempt to win the Turner prize has said his assailant is a 'good mate'.
From the smell of the Peanut Butter Patties on her breath, I can tell without looking that my assailant is none other than Mary Jane “The Hammer” Macomber, long-time enforcer for the Greater Akron Girl Scout Council.
When you are assaulted by a criminal, you have the right to assume, and a high probability of being right, that the assailant is unrestrained and the situation will not get better.
A week later, the assailant is still not under arrest.
However we see enough to make it clear that the assailant can have no grounds for claiming reasonable force - the assailant is obviously not defending themselves or defending anyone or anything else.
However, being of Afro-Caribbean origins, the assailant is clearly a victim of some sort, and suitable mitigation has been made on his behalf.
Meanwhile, your assailant is into his second attack.
Especially if the assailant is someone they actually LIKE?
Given that the man in question was about a foot shorter than Jones, I dare say he went down a little lightly hoping his 'assailant' was a Giant and that he might be able to draw a flag.
Sounds like it was a stretch to call the assailant the dog's "owner".