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assault

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noun as·sault \ə-ˈsȯlt\

Simple Definition of assault

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

  • : a violent physical attack

  • : a military attack

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of assault

  1. 1 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)

  2. 2 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 in a sentence

  1. She was injured in a brutal assault.

  2. <the body of the murdered woman also showed signs of assault>



Origin and Etymology of assault

Middle English assaut, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *assaltus, from assalire


First Known Use: 14th century


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assault

verb as·sault

Simple Definition of assault

  • : to violently attack (someone or something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of assault

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make an assault on

  3. 2 :  rape 2

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to make an assault

assaulter

noun

Examples of assault in a sentence

  1. He was arrested for assaulting a police officer.

  2. She verbally assaulted one of her coworkers.

  3. Enemy forces assaulted the city.



15th Century

First Known Use of assault

15th century

Synonym Discussion of assault

attack, assail, assault, bombard, storm mean to make an onslaught upon. attack implies taking the initiative in a struggle <plan to attack the town at dawn>. assail implies attempting to break down resistance by repeated blows or shots <assailed the enemy with artillery fire>. assault suggests a direct attempt to overpower by suddenness and violence of onslaught <commandos assaulted the building from all sides>. bombard applies to attacking with bombs or shells <bombarded the city nightly>. storm implies attempting to break into a defended position <preparing to storm the fortress>.


ASSAULT Defined for Kids

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assault

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noun as·sault \ə-ˈsȯlt\

Definition of assault for Students

  1. 1 :  a violent or sudden attack <a military assault on the castle> <“… this is assault,” Mr. Eberhardt said. “You can't choke another person.” — Carl Hiaasen, Hoot>

  2. 2 :  an unlawful attempt or threat to harm someone




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assault

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verb as·sault

Definition of assault for Students

assaulted

assaulting

  1. :  to violently attack <Enemy forces assaulted the city.>




Law Dictionary

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assault

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noun as·sault \ə-ˈsȯlt\

Legal Definition of assault

  1. 1 :  the crime or tort of threatening or attempting to inflict immediate offensive physical contact or bodily harm that one has the present ability to inflict and that puts the victim in fear of such harm or contact — compare battery

  2. 2 :  the crime of assault accompanied by battery; specifically :  sexual assault in this entry —called also assault and battery aggravated assault :  a criminal assault accompanied by aggravating factors: as a :  a criminal assault that is committed with an intent to cause or that causes serious bodily injury especially through the use of a dangerous weapon b :  a criminal assault accompanied by the intent to commit or the commission of a felony (as rape) — compare simple assault in this entry assault with intent :  a criminal assault committed with the intent to commit another specified crime <assault with intent to rob> <assault with intent to kill> civil assault :  an assault considered as a tort rather than as a crime — compare criminal assault in this entry criminal assault :  an assault considered as a crime rather than as a tort — compare civil assault in this entry Editor's note: An assault may be both a criminal assault and a civil assault. felonious assault :  a criminal assault that is classified as a felony and involves the infliction of serious bodily injury by the use of a dangerous weapon indecent assault :  intentional offensive sexual contact that does not amount to sexual intercourse or involve penetration and that is committed without consent of the victim and without the intent to commit rape sexual assault :  sexual contact usually that is forced upon a person without consent or inflicted upon a person who is incapable of giving consent (as because of age or physical or mental incapacity) or who places the assailant (as a doctor) in a position of trust — see also rape Editor's note: Sexual assault in its most serious forms (often classified as first degree sexual assault) involves nonconsensual sexual penetration. In its less serious forms it may be the equivalent of statutory rape. simple assault :  a criminal assault that is not accompanied by any aggravating factors (as infliction of serious injury or use of a dangerous weapon) — compare aggravated assault in this entry Editor's note: Simple assault is usually classified as a misdemeanor.



Origin and Etymology of assault

Old French assaut, literally, attack, ultimately from Latin assultus, from assilire to leap (on), attack


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assault

transitive verb as·sault

Legal Definition of assault

  1. :  to make an assault on; specifically :  to subject to a sexual assault

  2. intransitive verb
  3. :  to make an assault

assaulter

noun

assaultive

\ə-ˈsȯl-tiv\ play adjective

assaultively

adverb

assaultiveness

noun




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