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Verb: assault  u'solt [N. Amer], u'sólt or u'solt [Brit]
  1. Use aggressive force against
    "The mugger assaulted the woman";
    - assail, set on, attack
  2. Force (someone) to have sex against their will
    "The woman was assaulted on her way home at night";
    - rape, ravish [archaic], violate, dishonor [US, archaic], dishonour [Brit, Cdn, archaic], outrage
  3. Aggressively challenge in speech or writing
    "The editors of the left-leaning paper assaulted the new House Speaker";
    - attack, round, assail, lash out, snipe
Noun: assault  u'solt [N. Amer], u'sólt or u'solt [Brit]
  1. (military) close fighting during the culmination of a military attack
  2. A threatened or attempted physical attack by someone who appears to be able to cause bodily harm if not stopped
  3. The crime of forcing a person to submit to sexual intercourse against his or her will
    - rape, violation, ravishment
Noun: Assault
  1. Thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1946

Derived forms: assaults, assaulting, assaulted

Type of: abuse, attack, attempt, battle, conflict, criticise [Brit], criticize, damn [informal], engagement, fight, knock [informal], pick apart, sex crime, sex offence [Brit, Cdn], sex offense [US], sexual abuse, sexual assault, thoroughbred

Part of: attack, onrush, onset, onslaught

Encyclopedia: Assault