onslaught

[on-slawt, awn-]

noun

an onset, assault, or attack, especially a vigorous one.

Nearby words

  1. onset,
  2. onshore,
  3. onshoring,
  4. onside,
  5. onside kick,
  6. onslow,
  7. onslow, george,
  8. onstage,
  9. ont-,
  10. ont.

Origin of onslaught

1615–25; < Dutch aanslag a striking, (earlier) attack (equivalent to aan on + slag blow, stroke; akin to slay), with assimilation to obsolete slaught slaughter

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British Dictionary definitions for onslaught

onslaught

noun

a violent attack

Word Origin for onslaught

C17: from Middle Dutch aenslag, from aan on + slag a blow, related to slay

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Word Origin and History for onslaught

onslaught

n.

1620s, anslaight, somehow from or on analogy of Dutch aanslag "attack," from Middle Dutch aenslach, from aen "on" (see on) + slach "blow," related to slaen "slay." Spelling influenced by obsolete (since c.1400) English slaught (n.) "slaughter," from Old English sleaht (see slaughter (n.)). No record of its use in 18c.; apparently revived by Scott.

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