as|sault1 W3 [əˈso:lt US əˈso:lt] n
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: assaut, from Latin assaltus, past participle of assalire; ASSAIL]
1.) [U and C]
the crime of physically attacking someone
a case of robbery and assault
for assault
He was jailed for assault.
sexual/indecent assault
victims of indecent assault
assault on/against
sexual assaults on women
Several soldiers have been charged with assault .
2.) [U and C]
a military attack to take control of a place controlled by the enemy
assault on
an unsuccessful assault on the enemy lines
The refugee camp came under assault again last night.
a powerful assault rifle
3.) [U and C]
a strong spoken or written criticism of someone else's ideas, plans etc
= ↑attack assault on
an assault on the capitalist system
under assault
Traditional family values are increasingly under assault.
an attempt to achieve something difficult, especially using physical force
assault on
an assault on Mt Everest (=an attempt to climb it)
assault 2
assault2 v [T]
1.) to attack someone in a violent way
Two men assaulted him after he left the bar.
sexually/indecently assault
He was found guilty of indecently assaulting a student.
2.) literary if a feeling, sound, smell etc assaults you, it affects you in a way that makes you uncomfortable or upset
The noises and smells of the market assaulted her senses.
3.) to strongly criticize someone's ideas, plans etc
4.) to try to do something very difficult
a task force to assault the problems

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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  • assault — as·sault 1 /ə sȯlt/ n [Old French assaut, literally, attack, ultimately from Latin assultus, from assilire to leap (on), attack] 1: the crime or tort of threatening or attempting to inflict immediate offensive physical contact or bodily harm… …   Law dictionary

  • ASSAULT — ASSAULT, the infliction of any degree of violence on the body of another person, whether injury results or not. The biblical injunction, he may be given up to 40 lashes but not more (Deut. 25:3), which applies to flogging by way of punishment,… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Assault — As*sault , n. [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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Assault — As*sault , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Assaulted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Assaulting}.] [From {Assault}, n.: 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • assault — n *attack, onslaught, onset Analogous words: assailing, bombarding or bombardment, storming or storm (see corresponding verbs at ATTACK): *invasion, incursion, raid assault vb storm, *attack, bombard, assail …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • assault — [n] attack advance, aggression, charge, incursion, invasion, offensive, onset, onslaught, rape, storm, storming, strike, violation; concept 86 assault [v] attack abuse, advance, assail, bash, beset, blast, blitz, bushwhack, charge, come down on* …   New thesaurus

  • assault — ► NOUN 1) a violent attack. 2) Law an act that threatens physical harm to a person. 3) a concentrated attempt to do something difficult. ► VERB ▪ make an assault on. DERIVATIVES assaultive adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • assault — [ə sôlt′] n. [ME assaut < OFr assaut, assalt < VL * assaltus < assalire: see ASSAIL] 1. a violent attack, either physical or verbal 2. euphemism for RAPE1 3. Law an unlawful threat or unsuccessful attempt to do physical harm to another,… …   English World dictionary

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  • Assault — This article is about the criminal act. For tortious aspects of assault, see Assault (tort). For other uses, see Assault (disambiguation) …   Wikipedia

  • assault — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun 1 crime of attacking sb ADJECTIVE ▪ brutal, ferocious, savage, vicious, violent ▪ armed ▪ criminal …   Collocations dictionary

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