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

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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 None of the offenses could 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, "Michigan criminal record expungement bills head to Whitmer's desk," 24 Sep. 2020 These conditions would apply: no more than two assaultive crimes could be set aside, 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, "Michigan criminal record expungement bills a step closer to Senate vote," 26 June 2020 None of the offenses could 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, "Michigan criminal record expungement bills a step closer to Senate vote," 26 June 2020 This tumultuous soundscape never feels needlessly assaultive or brutal—a tribute to Lim’s keen ear for instrumental writing and to her knack for tracing musical gestures that have the fluid shape of organic life. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "Víkingur Ólafsson, Liza Lim, and a Surge of Streaming in Quarantine," 27 Apr. 2020 Those accused of domestic violence and felonious assaultive behavior are not being considered for administrative jail release, Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Kenny said. Elisha Anderson, Detroit Free Press, "Nearly 100 inmates identified for release from Wayne County Jail amid coronavirus concerns," 20 Mar. 2020 Another notable proposal: establish automatic release on personal recognizance before arraignment for most misdemeanors and some felony charges that aren't assaultive crimes. Angie Jackson, Detroit Free Press, "18 ways Michigan could change its criminal justice process," 14 Jan. 2020 As the action, camerawork, and editing in many Hollywood films have become more assaultive on the senses, the soundtracks have followed suit. Janet Malcolm, The New Yorker, "The Mail," 17 Sep. 2019 But gentleness emerged at every juncture, as if inviting the audience to consider the concert hall a sanctuary, a place of refuge within an often assaultive outside world. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, "Classical review: Minnesota Orchestra captivates with intimacy and beauty in season opener," 19 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of assaultive

1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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29 Sep 2020

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“Assaultive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/assaultive. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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