a sudden, violent attack; onslaught: an assault on tradition.
Law. an unlawful physical attack upon another; an attempt or offer to do violence to another, with or without battery, as by holding a stone or club in a threatening manner.
Military. the stage of close combat in an attack.
to make an assault upon; attack; assail.
- as·sault·a·ble, adjective
- as·sault·er, noun
- coun·ter·as·sault, verb (used with object), noun
- non·as·sault, noun
- un·as·sault·a·ble, adjective
- un·as·sault·ed, adjective
- assault , battery
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How to use assault in a sentence
Not only had the iconic comedian sexually assaulted many, many women, Maher argued, “I never thought he was funny.”Bill Maher: Hundreds of Millions of Muslims Support Attack on ‘Charlie Hebdo’ | Lloyd Grove | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
“Officers had to go stop an elderly lady from being assaulted,” Sgt. Houston said.Texas Gun Slingers Police the Police—With a Black Panthers Tactic | Brandy Zadrozny | January 2, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
That started to erode after the two officers were assaulted last week.De Blasio and the New York City Protesters Have No Blood on Their Hands | Jacob Siegel | December 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Two police officers had been assaulted in New York less than a week before the sitdown.De Blasio and the New York City Protesters Have No Blood on Their Hands | Jacob Siegel | December 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
At least two other officers had been physically assaulted since the protests began.
They assaulted him with snowballs, pieces of ice, and whatever they could lay their hands upon.
Battle of Landshut; the Austrians assaulted and carried the town with great loss on both sides.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
Valencia, in Spain, assaulted by the French under Moncey; they were repulsed with the loss of 1000 men.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
I do not deny the attempt on Frick, but the accusation of having assaulted Leishman is not true.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist | Alexander Berkman
He strongly suspected that the men who had assaulted Mr Heathcote were in some way concerned in the disappearance of his son.Digby Heathcote | W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for assault
a violent attack, either physical or verbal
the culmination of a military attack, in which fighting takes place at close quarters
(as modifier): assault troops
rape or attempted rape
to make an assault upon
to rape or attempt to rape
- assaulter, noun
- assaultive, adjective
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