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assailant

(ă-sāl′ănt)
One who violently attacks and injures another person.
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Don Quixote, feeling the weight of this prodigious blow, cried aloud, saying, "O lady of my soul, Dulcinea, flower of beauty, come to the aid of this your knight, who, in fulfilling his obligations to your beauty, finds himself in this extreme peril." To say this, to lift his sword, to shelter himself well behind his buckler, and to assail the Biscayan was the work of an instant, determined as he was to venture all upon a single blow.
From his dress and arms, Wamba would have conjectured him to be one of those outlaws who had just assailed his master; but, besides that he wore no mask, the glittering baldric across his shoulder, with the rich bugle-horn which it supported, as well as the calm and commanding expression of his voice and manner, made him, notwithstanding the twilight, recognise Locksley the yeoman, who had been victorious, under such disadvantageous circumstances, in the contest for the prize of archery.
In the same hut was the scent spoor of the Belgian, too, and as both these assailed the nostrils of the ape-man, mingling one with the other, a jealous rage leaped and burned within him, though his memory held before the mirror of recollection no image of the she to which he had attached his desire.
As the two worked over the stricken man their ears were suddenly assailed by a wild commotion from the direction of the workshop.
The constitution of the summer-house had lasted until the spring of the year eighteen hundred and sixty-eight, when the unhallowed footsteps of innovation passed that way; and the venerable privileges of the Owls were assailed, for the first time, from the world outside.
Under this same cloak he assailed Africa, he came down on Italy, he has finally attacked France; and thus his achievements and designs have always been great, and have kept the minds of his people in suspense and admiration and occupied with the issue of them.
Among the deputations of all kinds which assailed him, that of "The Lunatics" were careful not to forget what they owed to the future conqueror of the moon.
Tiangco recalled that he was the lone congressman to stand witness during the impeachment proceedings to assail the railroading of the House of Representatives impeachment proceedings.
LAHORE -- A Lahore High Court (LHC) full bench on Tuesday reserved its verdict on a petition, regarding the mechanism to assail decisions of anti-terrorism courts (ATCs), on conclusion of arguments.
The five-judge bench, headed by Justice Syed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi, was hearing a petition by a citizen pleading that there were two complex decisions by the high court about the mechanism to assail decisions of ATCs.
But then the Palestinian leader ventured into far more disturbing territory: instead of simply assailing the political policies of the United States and Israel, he began to assail Jews.
"Today, they assail the Islamic Republic more than any other place because Islam has been manifested more clearly in Iran, and there is more room in this country for acting upon Islam.