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Assault

Assault Meaning & Definition
Assault Definition And Meaning

What's The Definition Of Assault?

[n] a threatened or attempted physical attack by someone who appears to be able to cause bodily harm if not stopped
[n] the crime of forcing a woman to submit to sexual intercourse against her will
[n] close fighting during the culmination of a military attack
[n] thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1946
[v] attack verbally, in speech or writing; "The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker"
[v] attack someone physically or emotionally; "The mugger assaulted the woman"; "Nightmares assailed him regularly"

Synonyms | Synonyms for Assault: assail | assail | attack | attack | lash out | rape | ravishment | round | set on | snipe | violation

Related Terms | Find terms related to Assault: abuse | aggravated assault | aggression | ambush | amphibious attack | armed assault | assail | assailing | assailment | attack | banzai attack | barbarize | batter | battering | battery | bear | bear upon | beat up | beating | berating | beset | bitter words | blackening | blitz | blitzkrieg | boost | breakthrough | bruise | brutalize | buck | bull | bulldoze | bump | bump against | bunt | burn | bushwhack | butcher | butchery | butt | butt against | carry on | censure | charge | citation | come at | come down on | contumely | counterattack | counteroffensive | coup de main | crack down on | cram | crippling attack | crowd | dead set at | descend on | descend upon | descent on | destroy | diatribe | dig | disorderliness | diversion | diversionary attack | drive | elbow | execration | fall on | fall upon | flank attack | force | forcible seizure | frontal attack | gang up on | gas attack | go at | go for | go on | goad | hammer | hard words | harm | harry | have at | head-on attack | hit | hit like lightning | hold-up | hurtle | hustle | implication | impugnment | incrimination | inculpation | incursion | infiltration | invasion | invective | involvement | jab | jam | jawing | jeremiad | jog | joggle | jolt | jostle | jump | killing | land on | lay at | lay hands on | lay into | lay waste | laying waste | light into | lightning attack | lightning war | loot | looting | mass attack | massacre | maul | megadeath | molest | molestation | mug | mugging | nudge | obstreperousness | offense | offensive | onset | onslaught | overkill | panzer warfare | philippic | pile drive | pillage | pillaging | pitch into | poke | pounce upon | pound | press | prod | punch | push | rage | raid | ram | ram down | ramp | rampage | rant | rape | rating | rattle | rave | revilement | riot | rioting | roar | ruin | run | run against | run at | rush | sack | sacking | sail into | sally | savage | screed | set on | set upon | shake | shock tactics | shoulder | shove | slaughter | smite | sortie | sow chaos | sowing with salt | storm | stress | strike | surprise | swoop down on | take the offensive | tamp | tear | tear around | terrorize | thrust | tirade | tongue-lashing | unprovoked assault | unruliness | vandalize | vilification | violate | violation | vituperation | wade into | wreck

See Also | abuse | aggravated assault | attack | attempt | bait | barrage | battery | battle | beset | blackguard | blister | bulldog | carnal abuse | clapperclaw | claw | conflict | criticise | criticize | date rape | desecrate | dishonor | dishonour | engagement | fight | jump | molest | mugging | onrush | onset | onslaught | outrage | pick apart | profane | rape | ravish | reassail | resisting arrest | rip | rubbish | rush | savage | set | set upon | sexual abuse | sexual assault | shout | sic | statutory rape | storm | thoroughbred | violate | vitriol | whang | whip

Assault In Webster's Dictionary

\As*sault"\, n. [OE. asaut, assaut, OF. assaut, asalt, F. assaut, LL. assaltus; L. ad + saltus a leaping, a springing, salire to leap. See {Assail}.] 1. A violent onset or attack with physical means, as blows, weapons, etc.; an onslaught; the rush or charge of an attacking force; onset; as, to make assault upon a man, a house, or a town. The Spanish general prepared to renew the assault. --Prescott. Unshaken bears the assault Of their most dreaded foe, the strong southwest. --Wordsworth. 2. A violent onset or attack with moral weapons, as words, arguments, appeals, and the like; as, to make an assault on the prerogatives of a prince, or on the constitution of a government. --Clarendon. 3. (Law) An apparently violent attempt, or willful offer with force or violence, to do hurt to another; an attempt or offer to beat another, accompanied by a degree of violence, but without touching his person, as by lifting the fist, or a cane, in a threatening manner, or by striking at him, and missing him. If the blow aimed takes effect, it is a battery. --Blackstone. Wharton. Practically, however, the word assault is used to include the battery. --Mozley & W. Syn: Attack; invasion; incursion; descent; onset; onslaught; charge; storm.
\As*sault"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Assaulted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Assaulting}.] [From {Assault}, n.: cf. OF. assaulter, LL. assaltare.] 1. To make an assault upon, as by a sudden rush of armed men; to attack with unlawful or insulting physical violence or menaces. Insnared, assaulted, overcome, led bound. --Milton. 2. To attack with moral means, or with a view of producing moral effects; to attack by words, arguments, or unfriendly measures; to assail; as, to assault a reputation or an administration. Before the gates, the cries of babes newborn, . . . Assault his ears. --Dryden. Note: In the latter sense, assail is more common. Syn: To attack; assail; invade; encounter; storm; charge. See {Attack}.

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