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 Dictionary entry overview: What does assailant mean? 

  The noun ASSAILANT has 1 sense:

1. someone who attacks

  Familiarity information: ASSAILANT used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1assailant [BACK TO TOP]


Someone who attacks

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people


aggressor; assailant; assaulter; attacker

Hypernyms ("assailant" is a kind of...):

offender; wrongdoer (a person who transgresses moral or civil law)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "assailant"):

ambusher (an attacker who waits in a concealed position to launch a surprise attack)

stabber (someone who stabs another person)

slasher (someone who slashes another person)

shedder; spiller (an attacker who sheds or spills blood)

raper; rapist (someone who forces another to have sexual intercourse)

night rider; nightrider (member of a secret mounted band in United States south after the American Civil War; committed acts of intimidation and revenge)

marauder; piranha; predator; vulture (someone who attacks in search of booty)

iconoclast (someone who attacks cherished ideas or traditional institutions)

harasser; harrier (a persistent attacker)

bully; hooligan; roughneck; rowdy; ruffian; tough; yob; yobbo; yobo (a cruel and brutal fellow)

bludgeoner (an assailant who uses a bludgeon)

beast; brute; savage; wildcat; wolf (a cruelly rapacious person)

avenger; retaliator (someone who takes vengeance)

lapidator; stoner (an attacker who pelts the victim with stones (especially with intent to kill))

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