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Synonyms for assault
əˈsɔltas·sault

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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.

    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 Antonyms

  1. assault

    Synonyms:
    onset, attack, aggression, onslaught

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

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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  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 Words

  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. Beau Biden:

    This bill is going to allow us to make sure that all the fines and penalties that are from federal cases go to the victims, the Crime Victims Fund, to rebuild this fund, because it's badly needed, this is going to enable us to provide more help and support to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, trafficking and other crimes all across America.

  2. Kevin Steele:

    It is my hope that with this last guaranteed step in the criminal justice process now complete, the victim in this case, Andrea Constand, can finally put this assault behind her and move on with her life.

  3. California President Janet Napolitano:

    A primary goal in our efforts at the University of California to prevent and respond to sexual violence and sexual assault has been to make sure law enforcement agencies are more fully engaged with us.

  4. Simpson Kemp:

    Pistols are different. You have to pull the trigger each time. An assault weapon, you basically hold the trigger, it goes [ and fires continuously ].

  5. Jeff Flake:

    I must also say that separate and apart from this nomination and the facts that pertain to it, I do not believe that the claim of sexual assault is invalid because a 15-year-old girl didn't promptly report the assault to the authorities, as the President of the United States said just two days ago.

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