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assault

as·sault

assault

 
 
pronunciation:
sawlt
parts of speech:
noun, verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a violent physical or verbal attack.
The victim of the assault had a bruised face.The candidate made an assault on his opponent's character.
synonyms:
attack
similar words:
aggression, battering, holdup, mugging, storm, violence
definition 2: an attack made by armed forces, that often ends in close fighting.
synonyms:
attack, strike
similar words:
aggression, charge, invasion, onset, raid, siege, storming, thrust
definition 3: the crime of attempting or threatening to hurt another person.
similar words:
abuse, attack, battery, threat, violence
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: assaulted, assaulting, assaults
definition: to make an assault on; attack.
The soldiers assaulted the fort.
synonyms:
attack
similar words:
affront, batter, beat up, beset, besiege, charge, descend upon, gang up on, harass, invade, jump, mug, raid, rip into, rush, storm, strike
derivation: assaulter (n.)
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