Definition of assailant in English:

assailant

noun

  • A person who physically attacks another.

    ‘the police have no firm leads about the identity of his assailant’
    • ‘The magistrate still insists he is confident of his assailant's identity.’
    • ‘She died in a hail of bullets fired on Sunday by two assailants using assault rifles.’
    • ‘The age range of assailants further suggests that this was not a crime confined to young men.’
    • ‘The assailants fled after the attack, for which no militant group has claimed responsibility.’
    • ‘The family dog, an American pit bull, was shot and killed in the attack after it jumped up and bit the assailant on the arm.’
    • ‘The angle of entry of the arrow indicates that the assailant was standing below his victim when he attacked.’
    • ‘Some of the assailants were known, and some even openly boasted of their acts.’
    • ‘The club's lights had been tampered with by the assailants and many were crushed in the rush for the exits.’
    • ‘I cannot provide more details, but the police know who one of the assailants is.’
    • ‘Most assailants are unprepared for this type technique and it takes them totally by surprise.’
    • ‘It is common in knife attacks for such assailants to strike quickly and repeatedly.’
    • ‘The pair were attacked with knives before their assailants fled the scene.’
    • ‘Pakistan has condemned the attack and denied any connection with the assailants.’
    • ‘Now the theory runs that one or more assailants killed the poor fellow in a two-day running fight.’
    • ‘As I physically wrenched her assailant away from her, my sign was also grabbed and ripped up.’
    • ‘Despite an intensive police search, neither the attacker nor his two assailants were found.’
    • ‘The victim was unable to give many details about her assailant because the attack was over in seconds.’
    • ‘It also appears the assailant was wearing a jacket the night of the assault.’
    • ‘She was then grabbed from behind and assaulted by a mystery assailant.’
    attacker, mugger
    assaulter
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Pronunciation:

assailant

/əˈseɪl(ə)nt/