From Middle English assaut, from Old French noun assaut, from the verb asaillir, from Latin assiliō, from ad (“towards”) + saliō (“to jump”). See also assail. Spelling Latinized around 1530 to add an l.
- (UK) IPA(key): /əˈsɔːlt/
- (US) (cot–caught merger) IPA(key): /əˈsɑlt/
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- A violent onset or attack with physical means, for example blows, weapons, etc.
- The army made an assault on the enemy.
- A violent verbal attack, for example with insults, criticism, and the like
- she launched a written assault on the opposition party
- (criminal law) An attempt to commit battery: a violent attempt, or willful effort with force or violence, to do hurt to another, but without necessarily touching the person, such as by raising a fist in a threatening manner, or by striking at the person and missing.
- (singular only, law) The crime whose action is such an attempt.
- (tort law) An act that causes someone to apprehend imminent bodily harm.
- (singular only, law) The tort whose action is such an act.
- (fencing) A non-competitive combat between two fencers.
violent onset or attack with physical means
legal: violent attempt, or willful effort with force or violence to hurt another
legal: crime whose action is such an attempt
fencing: non-competitive combat
- (transitive) To attack, physically or figuratively; to assail.
- Tom was accused of assaulting another man outside a nightclub.
- Loud music assaulted our ears as we entered the building.
- (transitive) To threaten or harass. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
assault m (plural assauls)