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Assault meaning

assault - 9 dictionary results

  1. 1. attack in speech or writing; " The editors of the left- leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker"
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. 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.
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. To make an assault upon, as by a sudden rush of armed men; to attack with unlawful or insulting physical violence or menaces.
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. A crime that occurs when one person tries to physically harm another in a way that makes the person under attack feel immediately threatened. Actual physical contact is not necessary; threatening gestures that would alarm any reasonable person can constitute an assault. Compare battery.
  8. 8. A violent attack; a storming.
  9. 9. To make an assault upon by word or deed.

assault - examples of usage

  1. She sat with downcast eyes looking at the fender occasionally glancing from the corner of her eye to see whether he was preparing to renew the assault. - "At Sunwich Port, Complete", W.W. Jacobs.
  2. It is from this ground that he makes his most powerful assault on the strongholds of superstition. - "The Roman Poets of the Republic", W. Y. Sellar.
  3. The unhappy Peckover's arms being fast held, the only way that occurred to him of avoiding the coming assault was to endeavour to sit down on the floor, in which he succeeded, after a short and spirited attempt on the part of his captors to defeat the manoeuvre. - "A Poached Peerage", William Magnay.
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