- 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.
Origin of assault
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Examples from the Web for assaulted
That started to erode after the two officers were assaulted last week.
Two police officers had been assaulted in New York less than a week before the sitdown.
Brown began dating aspiring model Tran in 2011, two years after he assaulted and hospitalized Rihanna.The Chris Brown vs. Drake Feud Continues: Brown Claims Ex GF Karrueche Tran Cheated with Drizzy
December 7, 2014
His work also provides a graphic account of injured females who were assaulted by marauding “gangs” of Adélie males.Lovable ‘Madagascar’ Penguins Are Known to Rape and Torture in Real Life
November 26, 2014
That a gang who threatened and assaulted four joggers, among others, had nothing to do with a fifth?The Myth of the Central Park Five
October 19, 2014
Fancy it being known I had been assaulted by a—you see what I mean.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
He was assaulted by them, resisted, killed two and was himself slain.Chit-Chat; Nirvana; The Searchlight
Mathew Joseph Holt
He went to the factory, demanded his children, and assaulted the caretaker.Adventures and Recollections
Bill o'th' Hoylus End
The thoroughfares are blocked, and people are pushed about and assaulted.The Christian
I was assaulted by a footpad near Abrantes, as if I was worth robbing.The Snare
- a violent attack, either physical or verbal
- law an intentional or reckless act that causes another person to expect to be subjected to immediate and unlawful violenceCompare battery (def. 4), assault and battery
- 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
Word Origin and History for assaulted
late 14c., earlier asaut (c.1200), from Old French asaut, assaut "an attack, an assault, attacking forces" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *adsaltus "attack, assault," from ad "to" (see ad-) + Latin saltus "a leap," from salire "to leap, spring" (see assail). In law by 1580s; historically, assault includes menacing words or actions; battery is an actual blow.
early 15c., from Middle French asauter, assauter, from Vulgar Latin *assaltare (see assault (n.)). Related: Assaulted; assaulting.