Assail vs Malignant - What's the difference?

assail | malignant |

As a verb assail

is to attack violently using words or force.

As an adjective malignant is

harmful, malevolent, injurious.

As a noun malignant is





(en verb)
  • To attack violently using words or force.
  • Muggers assailed them as they entered an alley.
    For the next six months or so those children will assail her in public with demands for an improper story! (from H.H. Munro's short story, "The Storyteller").




    (en adjective)
  • Harmful, malevolent, injurious.
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  • (medicine) Tending to produce death; threatening a fatal issue.
  • malignant diphtheria
    a malignant tumor


    * (medicine) benign


    (en noun)
  • * 1823 , The Retrospective Review (volume 7, page 11)
  • As devout Stephen was carried to his burial by devout men, so is it just and equal that malignants should carry malignants