onslaught


on·slaught

noun \ˈän-ˌslt, ˈn-\

: a violent attack

Full Definition of ONSLAUGHT

:  an especially fierce attack; also :  something resembling such an attack <an onslaught of technological changes>

Examples of ONSLAUGHT

  1. an onslaught by the enemy
  2. <the massive onslaught of enemy troops caught the country by surprise>

Origin of ONSLAUGHT

modification of Dutch aanslag act of striking; akin to Old English an on and to Old English slēan to strike — more at slay
First Known Use: circa 1625

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