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Synonyms for assault
əˈsɔltas·sault

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English Synonyms and Antonyms3.0 / 3 votes

  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.

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

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

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

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms0.0 / 0 votes

  1. assault

    Synonyms:
    onset, attack, aggression, onslaught

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

Princeton's WordNet3.0 / 1 vote

  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

Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. assaultnoun

    Synonyms:
    attack, onset, onslaught, aggression, invasion, charge, thrust

  2. assaultnoun

    Synonyms:
    storming, storm

  3. assaultverb

    Synonyms:
    assail, attack, charge, invade, STORM, fall upon, fly at, bear down upon, make aggression on

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words0.0 / 0 votes

  1. assaultnoun

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

  2. assaultverb

    Synonyms:
    attack, assail

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How to use assault in a sentence?

  1. Brett Hankison:

    As soon as I returned fire through that window the threat stopped, and I felt pretty helpless, like there is no way we can challenge this guy with an assault rifle.

  2. Shannon Taylor:

    I am charging Mr. Rogers with the strongest form of assault and hate crimes permitted under Virginia law, ...I will not tolerate this violence in Henrico. I have no doubt Mr. Rogers was motivated by bigotry and racism and should be severely punished for his egregious criminal behavior.

  3. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio:

    I also recognize that because of the existence of over-the-counter morning after, not to mention medical treatment that's now available immediately after the assault, that should be widely available to victims, we can bring that number down to zero.

  4. Bill Ramsey:

    Any assertion that we do not take sexual assault seriously enough is simply not true, to claim that we have allowed a culture to exist contrary to our institutional commitment to providing a safe environment for our students or that we do not support those who report sexual assault is just false.

  5. House Bill 1240:

    The legislature finds and declares that gun violence is a threat to the public health and safety of Washingtonians, assault weapons are civilian versions of weapons created for the military and are designed to kill humans quickly and efficiently.


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