assaultive

adjective
as·​sault·​ive | \ ə-ˈsȯl-tiv How to pronounce assaultive (audio) \

Definition of assaultive

1 : of, relating to, or tending toward assault assaultive behavior
2 : having an intense or abrasive effect on the senses or emotions loud and assaultive music

Other Words from assaultive

assaultively adverb
assaultiveness noun

Examples of assaultive in a Sentence

with viciously assaultive prose the writer takes on her critics
Recent Examples on the Web This could feel more assaultive than hearing them separately. New York Times, 17 May 2022 There is something just a touch assaultive about them. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 21 Feb. 2022 Given that, the airlines' move to cut off alcohol access decreases the odds of some anti-masker transitioning from being a foul jerk to an assaultive felon. Robert Sapolsky, CNN, 9 June 2021 In response to these assaultive actions, MPD deployed crowd control tools that included tear gas in an effort to stop the riotous behavior and protect both officers and others in the area. Washington Post, 9 June 2021 None of the offenses can be assaultive, involve the use or possession of a dangerous weapon, or carry a maximum penalty of 10 or more years in prison. Angie Jackson, Detroit Free Press, 9 Apr. 2021 None of the offenses can be assaultive, involve the use or possession of a dangerous weapon, or carry a maximum penalty of 10 or more years in prison. Angie Jackson, Detroit Free Press, 9 Apr. 2021 No more than two assaultive crimes can be expunged, and no more than one felony conviction for the same offense if the offense is punishable by more than 10 years imprisonment. Angie Jackson, Detroit Free Press, 9 Apr. 2021 But Luisi and the orchestra gave it assiduous attention, and in an age of so much assaultive new music, a dreamy escape was welcome. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 5 Feb. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of assaultive

1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Last Updated

21 May 2022

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“Assaultive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/assaultive. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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