verb (used with object)
Origin of assault
Synonyms for assault
Related Words for assaulterassailant
Examples from the Web for assaulter
Historical Examples of assaulter
I have friends who will find means to succour and protect you, be who will your assaulter!'The Wanderer (Volume 4 of 5)
Again concealing the weapon within his doublet, a sudden realisation of the necessity for speed overcame the assaulter.The Strong Arm
Weaponless, the assaulter had used his hands, and now with a knee upon Mexia's breast he strove to throttle him.Sir Mortimer
- the culmination of a military attack, in which fighting takes place at close quarters
- (as modifier)assault troops
Word Origin for assault
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.