Part of speech: noun

One who assails.

Part of speech:

Attacking, hostile.

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Usage examples "assailant":

  1. Then the cadi discovered that his assailant was no Christian, but Ali Pasha, Leonisa's lover, who had been laying wait to carry her off, and had disguised himself and his soldiers as Christians, the better to conceal his purpose. - "The Exemplary Novels of Cervantes", Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra.
  2. Iskender, maddened, closed with his assailant, wrenched the whip from his hand and flung him off. - "The Valley of the Kings", Marmaduke Pickthall.
  3. British officers declared that the American army was without engineers who knew the science of war, and certainly the forts on which they spent their skill in the North, those on the lower Hudson, and at Ticonderoga, at the head of Lake George, fell easily before the assailant. - "Washington and his Comrades in Arms A Chronicle of the War of Independence", George Wrong.