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Definition 1: close fighting during the culmination of a military attack - [noun denoting act]

(assault is a kind of ...) a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war

"Grant won a decisive victory in the battle of Chickamauga" "he lost his romantic ideas about war when he got into a real engagement"

(... is a kind of assault ) physical efforts to oppose a lawful arrest; the resistance is classified as assault and battery upon the person of the police officer attempting to make the arrest

(... is a kind of assault ) a direct and violent assault on a stronghold

(... is part of assault) (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons)

"the attack began at dawn"

(assault belongs to category ...) the military forces of a nation

"their military is the largest in the region" "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"

Definition 2: a threatened or attempted physical attack by someone who appears to be able to cause bodily harm if not stopped - [noun denoting act]

(assault is a kind of ...) the act of attacking

"attacks on women increased last year" "they made an attempt on his life"

(... is a kind of assault ) a reckless attack with intent to injure seriously (as with a deadly weapon)

(... is a kind of assault ) an assault in which the assailant makes physical contact

(... is a kind of assault ) assault with intent to rob

Definition 3: the crime of forcing a person to submit to sexual intercourse against his or her will - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for assault in the sense of this definition

(assault is a kind of ...) a statutory offense that provides that it is a crime to knowingly cause another person to engage in an unwanted sexual act by force or threat

"most states have replaced the common law definition of rape with statutes defining sexual assault"

(... is a kind of assault ) rape in which the rapist is known to the victim (as when they are on a date together)

(... is a kind of assault ) sexual intercourse with a person (girl or boy) who has not reached the age of consent (even if both parties participate willingly)

Definition 4: thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1946 - [noun denoting animal]

(assault is an instance of ...) a racehorse belonging to a breed that originated from a cross between Arabian stallions and English mares

Definition 5: attack in speech or writing - [verb of communication]

Samples where assault or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker

Synonyms for assault in the sense of this definition

(assault is a kind of ...) find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws

"The paper criticized the new movie" "Don't knock the food--it's free"

(... is a kind of assault ) use foul or abusive language towards

"The actress abused the policeman who gave her a parking ticket" "The angry mother shouted at the teacher"

(... is a kind of assault ) attack as if with claws

"The politician clawed his rival"

(... is a kind of assault ) subject to bitter verbal abuse

(... is a kind of assault ) criticize or abuse strongly and violently

"The candidate ripped into his opponent mercilessly"

(... is a kind of assault ) attack forcefully

"whang away at the school reform plan"

(... is a kind of assault ) address with continuously or persistently, as if with a barrage

"The speaker was barraged by an angry audience" "The governor was bombarded with requests to grant a pardon to the convicted killer"

(... is a kind of assault ) subject to harsh criticism

"The Senator blistered the administration in his speech on Friday" "the professor scaled the students" "your invectives scorched the community"

(... is a kind of assault ) attack strongly

Definition 6: attack someone physically or emotionally - [verb of competition]

Samples where assault or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The mugger assaulted the woman
  • Nightmares assailed him regularly

Synonyms for assault in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of assault ) attack with dogs or set dogs upon

(... is a kind of assault ) violate the sacred character of a place or language

"desecrate a cemetery" "violate the sanctity of the church" "profane the name of God"

(... is a kind of assault ) force (someone) to have sex against their will

"The woman was raped on her way home at night"

(... is a kind of assault ) assail or attack on all sides:

"The zebra was beset by leopards"

(... is a kind of assault ) make a sudden physical attack on

"The muggers jumped the woman in the fur coat"

(... is a kind of assault ) assail again

"Her old fears reassailed her"

(... is a kind of assault ) attack brutally and fiercely

(... is a kind of assault ) attack or hit on or from the side where the attacked person's view is obstructed

(... is a kind of assault ) attack suddenly

(... is a kind of assault ) attack viciously and ferociously

(... is a kind of assault ) urge to attack someone

"The owner sicked his dogs on the intruders" "the shaman sics sorcerers on the evil spirits"

(... is a kind of assault ) harass or assault sexually; make indecent advances to

Samples where assault or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The woman was raped on her way home at night

Synonyms for assault in the sense of this definition

(assault is a kind of ...) attack someone physically or emotionally

"The mugger assaulted the woman" "Nightmares assailed him regularly"

(... is a kind of assault ) rape (someone) successively with several attackers

"The prisoner was gang-raped"

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