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onset

on·set

onset

 
 
pronunciation:
an set
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the early stage; beginning.
the onset of a disease
synonyms:
beginning, inception, outset, start
antonyms:
end
similar words:
birth, commencement, dawn, infancy, invasion, kickoff, morning, oncoming
definition 2: a forceful offensive maneuver; attack; onslaught.
synonyms:
attack, offensive, onslaught
similar words:
assault, charge, incursion, invasion, offense, raid, sally, storming