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(v) to attack. Origin: L ad- , towards + salire, to jump The minister received three bullets shot from close quarters by unidentified assailants who accosted him on two motorcycles as he took his morning walk around his bungalow. Related word: assault. It has the same etymology and same meaning. A 40-year-old Indian man living in Australia was assaulted and racially abused by a gang of white men who had entered his yard after damaging the back fence of his house.

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