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Antonyms for assault
əˈsɔltas·sault

This page is about all possible antonyms and opposite words for the term assault.

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. assaultverb

    To attack is to begin hostilities of any kind. A general invades a country by marching in troops; he attacks a city by drawing up an army against it; he assaults it by hurling his troops directly upon its defenses. Assail and assault, tho of the same original etymology, have diverged in meaning, so that assault alone retains the meaning of direct personal violence. One may assail another with reproaches; he assaults him with a blow, a brandished weapon, etc. Armies or squadrons charge; combat and encounter may be said of individual contests. To beset is to set around, or, so to speak, to stud one's path, with menaces, attacks, or persuasions. To besiege and beleaguer are the acts of armies. To encounter is to meet face to face, and may be said either of the attacking or of the resisting force or person, or of both.

    Antonyms:
    aid, befriend, cover, defend, protect, resist, shelter, shield, support, sustain, uphold, withstand

    Synonyms:
    assail, attack, attack, beleaguer, beset, besiege, charge, combat, encounter, fall upon, invade, set upon, storm

    Preposition:
    We were attacked by the enemy with cannon and musketry.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. assault

    Antonyms:
    defense, resistance, repulsion, retaliation, undermining, sapping, stratagem

    Synonyms:
    onset, attack, aggression, onslaught

Princeton's WordNet

  1. assaultnoun

    close fighting during the culmination of a military attack

    Synonyms:
    violation, ravishment, rape

  2. assaultnoun

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

    Synonyms:
    violation, ravishment, rape

  3. Assaultnoun

    thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1946

    Synonyms:
    violation, ravishment, rape

  4. rape, violation, assault, ravishmentverb

    the crime of forcing a woman to submit to sexual intercourse against her will

    Synonyms:
    ravishment, violation, misdemeanor, irreverence, usurpation, infraction, rapine, intrusion, infringement, misdemeanour, rape, colza, trespass, entrancement, encroachment

  5. assail, assault, set on, attackverb

    attack someone physically or emotionally

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

    Synonyms:
    violate, set on, assail, lash out, snipe, ravish, round, dishonour, outrage, rape, dishonor, attack, aggress

  6. rape, ravish, violate, assault, dishonor, dishonour, outrageverb

    force (someone) to have sex against their will

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

    Synonyms:
    snipe, delight, set on, ravish, dishonour, scandalise, offend, enthrall, profane, scandalize, disgrace, plunder, desecrate, lash out, transgress, shame, assail, enthral, round, appal, attack, enrapture, despoil, dishonor, transport, breach, rape, attaint, violate, infract, shock, outrage, appall, break, enchant, go against, spoil

  7. attack, round, assail, lash out, snipe, assaultverb

    attack in speech or writing

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

    Synonyms:
    ravish, round out, set on, polish up, rape, violate, round down, polish, snipe, lash out, outrage, assail, fill out, dishonor, round, labialise, brush up, attack, labialize, flesh out, aggress, dishonour, sharpshoot, round off

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. assaultnoun

    Synonyms:
    onset, onslaught, charge, aggression, assailing, invasion, incursion

  2. assaultverb

    Synonyms:
    attack, assail

How to use assault in a sentence?

  1. John Leddy:

    All in all, I think it's a good study for helping to predict who is at risk for depression and PTSD after a traumatic brain injury sustained in a car accident or from an assault.

  2. Max Szabo:

    This was an assault on an unarmed patient with a disability, due to the vulnerable nature of the victim, and the seriousness of the conduct, we felt that the one year county jail sentence we requested was more than appropriate.

  3. Claire McCaskill:

    Reporting of assaults being up and incidents of assault being down are exactly the combination we're looking for.

  4. Principal David Stirrat:

    In Lulabel’s case, her approved speech didn’t include any reference to an assault, we certainly would have considered such an addition, provided no individuals were named or defamed.

  5. Anusha Ravi:

    Nobody wants to be the school that treats people poorly, especially sexual assault survivors, we all have a role to play.

How to pronounce assault?

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Australian
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Indian

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Words popularity by usage frequency

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#148support
#846cover
#1652aid
#2141defense
#2157protect
#3656resistance
#6171assault
#6486shield
#6682shelter
#7739defend
#9957resist
#11256sustain
#19121withstand
#22440uphold
#23183retaliation
#30431undermining
#53901repulsion
#72169befriend
#98243stratagem
#128175sapping

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