Origin of onset
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Examples from the Web for onset
I was never sure whether this was phlegm or the onset of lunacy.Why Can’t Movies Capture Genius?
December 14, 2014
Believe it or not, a break at the onset of mild cramps may let you play in the game for longer.A Lesson From LeBron James’ Game One Nightmare
Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD, Tej Azad
June 7, 2014
The adults then burn one down but realize drugs are less fun with the onset of parental responsibilities.‘Silicon Valley’ and the Return of Stoner Television
April 10, 2014
He remembers how confused and scared people were by the onset of AIDS.Matthew McConaughey In ‘Dallas Buyers Club’: From Bongos to Oscar Contender
October 30, 2013
Then there is the argument that there is no clear chain of evidence linking an enemy action to the onset of PTSD.How The Purple Heart Can Help Heal Veterans with PTSD
August 23, 2013
The onset and the issue were like the passage and destruction of a whirlwind.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
He met their onset with a firm, steady foot, and fired straight at their heads.The Field of Ice
As an eagle descendeth on its prey, so rusheth my kinsman to the onset.
They were also greatly elated with the success which had crowned the first onset.Three Years in the Federal Cavalry
Had I known this, I could have marked the onset with a less failing spirit.Charles O'Malley, The Irish Dragoon, Volume 2 (of 2)
- an attack; assault
- a start; beginning
Word Origin and History for onset
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A beginning; a start, as of a cold.
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