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Meaning & Definition of Assault in English

English

Assault

/əsɔlt/

noun

1. Close fighting during the culmination of a military attack

    synonym:
  • assault

2. A threatened or attempted physical attack by someone who appears to be able to cause bodily harm if not stopped

    synonym:
  • assault

3. Thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1946

    synonym:
  • Assault

4. The crime of forcing a woman to submit to sexual intercourse against her will

    synonym:
  • rape
  • ,
  • violation
  • ,
  • assault
  • ,
  • ravishment

verb

1. Attack someone physically or emotionally

  • "The mugger assaulted the woman"
  • "Nightmares assailed him regularly"
    synonym:
  • assail
  • ,
  • assault
  • ,
  • set on
  • ,
  • attack

2. Force (someone) to have sex against their will

  • "The woman was raped on her way home at night"
    synonym:
  • rape
  • ,
  • ravish
  • ,
  • violate
  • ,
  • assault
  • ,
  • dishonor
  • ,
  • dishonour
  • ,
  • outrage

3. Attack in speech or writing

  • "The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new house speaker"
    synonym:
  • attack
  • ,
  • round
  • ,
  • assail
  • ,
  • lash out
  • ,
  • snipe
  • ,
  • assault