assault


assault
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noun
1 crime of attacking sb
ADJECTIVE
brutal, ferocious, savage, vicious, violent
armed
criminal
common (BrE, law)
aggravated (law), serious
felonious, felony, misdemeanor (all AmE, law)
alleged
attempted
indecent, physical, racial (esp. BrE), sexual

He was convicted of rape and another six counts of indecent assault.

domestic
… OF ASSAULTS
series, wave
VERB + ASSAULT
carry out (esp. BrE), commit

assaults committed by teenagers

be the victim of, suffer
report

He reported the assault to the police.

ASSAULT + VERB
happen, occur, take place
PREPOSITION
assault against

Better street lighting has helped reduce the number of assaults against women.

assault on, assault upon
PHRASES
allegations of assault

allegations of police assault on the boy

assault and battery (law)
2 military/verbal attack
ADJECTIVE
all-out, direct, frontal, full-scale, major, massive

After an all-out assault the town was captured by the enemy.

deadly, fierce
fresh, further
sustained

She used the article to make a sustained assault on her former political allies.

relentless
initial
final
successful
aerial, air, airborne, amphibious, ground

air assaults by fighter planes

military
terrorist
verbal
legal

a two-year legal assault on alleged tax fraud

… OF ASSAULTS
series
VERB + ASSAULT
begin, carry out, conduct, launch, lead, make, mount

Enemy troops launched an assault on the town.

launch into

He launched into a verbal assault on tabloid journalism.

come under, face

The factory came under assault from soldiers in the mountains.

survive, withstand

The garrison was built to withstand assaults.

ASSAULT + NOUN
course (BrE)

They took part in a vigorous army assault course.

operation
gun, rifle, weapon
force, team, troops
helicopter, ship, vehicle
PREPOSITION
under assault

Today these values are under assault.

assault on

a series of assaults on enemy targets

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verb
ADVERB
brutally, seriously (esp. BrE), violently (esp. BrE)
indecently (BrE), physically, sexually, verbally
allegedly
Assault is used with these nouns as the object: ↑ear, ↑woman

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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

  • assault at — ● assault …   Useful english dictionary

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