noun \ə-ˈslt\

law : the crime of trying or threatening to hurt someone physically

: a violent physical attack

: a military attack

Full Definition of ASSAULT

a :  a violent physical or verbal attack
b :  a military attack usually involving direct combat with enemy forces
c :  a concerted effort (as to reach a goal or defeat an adversary)
a :  a threat or attempt to inflict offensive physical contact or bodily harm on a person (as by lifting a fist in a threatening manner) that puts the person in immediate danger of or in apprehension of such harm or contact — compare battery 1b
b :  rape 2

Examples of ASSAULT

  1. She was injured in a brutal assault.
  2. <the body of the murdered woman also showed signs of assault>

Origin of ASSAULT

Middle English assaut, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *assaltus, from assalire
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical



: to violently attack (someone or something)

Full Definition of ASSAULT

transitive verb
:  to make an assault on
:  rape 2
intransitive verb
:  to make an assault
as·sault·er noun

Examples of ASSAULT

  1. He was arrested for assaulting a police officer.
  2. She verbally assaulted one of her coworkers.
  3. Enemy forces assaulted the city.

First Known Use of ASSAULT

15th century

Related to ASSAULT

rape, force, outrage, ravish, violate
See Synonym Discussion at attack

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi


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