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Someone who attacks or assails another violently, or criminally; an attacker.
(figuratively, by extension) A hostile critic or opponent.
Old French asaillant, from the verb asaillir (“to jump on”), from Latin assaliō, itself from ad (“to, towards”) + saliō (“to jump”).
I heard my assailant searching from room to room.
Almost immediately, the room erupted with a gunshot and both my assailant and I dropped to the floor.
When I swallowed, my assailant was jamming in his knife anew.
The only item of information I'd withheld from Detective Jackson was that the assailant had asked me where everybody else was.
The mother will defend her young with the utmost desperation against any assailant, and ha s p been known to sacrifice her own life rather than desert them.
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