assault Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun close fighting during the culmination of a military attack
noun a threatened or attempted physical attack by someone who appears to be able to cause bodily harm if not stopped
noun thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1946
noun the crime of forcing a woman to submit to sexual intercourse against her will
violation; rape; ravishment.
verb attack someone physically or emotionally
assail; attack; set on.
- The mugger assaulted the woman
- Nightmares assailed him regularly
verb force (someone) to have sex against their will
violate; ravish; dishonor; dishonour; outrage; rape.
- The woman was raped on her way home at night
verb attack in speech or writing
lash out; attack; assail; snipe; round.
- The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker
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. assaultupon 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.
A violent onset or attack with moral weapons, as words, arguments, appeals, and the like;Clarendon. as, to make an. assaulton the prerogatives of a prince, or on the constitution of a government
(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" transitive verb
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.
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. assaulta reputation or an administration
Before the gates, the cries of babes newborn, . . . Assault his ears. Dryden.
✍ In the latter sense, assail is more common. Syn. -- To attack; assail; invade; encounter; storm; charge. See Attack.