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assaults

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Assault \As*sault"\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Assaulted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Assaulting}.] [From {Assault}, noun: cf. OF. assaulter, LL. assaltare.]

1. To make an assault upon, as by a sudden rush of armed men; to attack with unlawful or insulting physical violence or menaces.

Insnared, assaulted, overcome, led bound. --Milton.

2. To attack with moral means, or with a view of producing moral effects; to attack by words, arguments, or unfriendly measures; to assail; as, to assault a reputation or an administration.

Before the gates, the cries of babes newborn, . . . Assault his ears. --Dryden.

Note: In the latter sense, assail is more common.

Syn: To attack; assail; invade; encounter; storm; charge. See {Attack}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Assault \As*sault"\, noun [OE. asaut, assaut, OF. assaut, asalt, F. assaut, LL. assaltus; L. ad + saltus a leaping, a springing, salire to leap. See {Assail}.]

1. A violent onset or attack with physical means, as blows, weapons, etc.; an onslaught; the rush or charge of an attacking force; onset; as, to make assault upon a man, a house, or a town.

The Spanish general prepared to renew the assault. --Prescott.

Unshaken bears the assault Of their most dreaded foe, the strong southwest. --Wordsworth.

2. A violent onset or attack with moral weapons, as words, arguments, appeals, and the like; as, to make an assault on the prerogatives of a prince, or on the constitution of a government. --Clarendon.

3. (Law) An apparently violent attempt, or willful offer with force or violence, to do hurt to another; an attempt or offer to beat another, accompanied by a degree of violence, but without touching his person, as by lifting the fist, or a cane, in a threatening manner, or by striking at him, and missing him. If the blow aimed takes effect, it is a battery. --Blackstone. Wharton.

Practically, however, the word assault is used to include the battery. --Mozley & W.

Syn: Attack; invasion; incursion; descent; onset; onslaught; charge; storm.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

assault

noun

1: close fighting during the culmination of a military attack

2: a threatened or attempted physical attack by someone who appears to be able to cause bodily harm if not stopped

3: thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1946

4: the crime of forcing a woman to submit to sexual intercourse against her will [syn: {rape}, {violation}, {assault}, {ravishment}]

verb

1: attack someone physically or emotionally; "The mugger assaulted the woman"; "Nightmares assailed him regularly" [syn: {assail}, {assault}, {set on}, {attack}]

2: force (someone) to have sex against their will; "The woman was raped on her way home at night" [syn: {rape}, {ravish}, {violate}, {assault}, {dishonor}, {dishonour}, {outrage}]

3: attack in speech or writing; "The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker" [syn: {attack}, {round}, {assail}, {lash out}, {snipe}, {assault}]

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