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

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As a figure of immense, almost assaultive generosity, who could unleash, in us, bombastic yet utterly sincere gratitude. Wesley Morris, New York Times, "Oprah Earned This Museum Show. And It’s a Potent Spectacle.," 21 June 2018 For those who operate on any level of our public life, hear this: Some of our problems can be resolved or made less dramatic and assaultive by an old-fashioned concept that used to exist in American public life. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "We Must Improve Our Trust," 31 May 2018 After several turns in the forest, the trail empties back into the open ridge, a change so sudden, the light is initially assaultive. Michael J. Bailey,, "Rhododendron rhapsody on Roan Mountain," 9 May 2018 Why are people choosing to take this kind of assaultive conduct towards others? Fox News, "Will President Trump retaliate against Syria?," 10 Apr. 2018 Her real harassers were a prurient media and psychically assaultive public. Ruth La Ferla, New York Times, "Nothing Comes Between Brooke Shields and Her New Line for QVC," 14 Mar. 2018 But lawmakers and officials stressed that the review is part of a push to boost security by working to remove assaultive youth. Meagan Flynn, Houston Chronicle, "In bid to boost safety, juvenile justice agency reviewing violent youth for possible transfer," 22 Jan. 2018 The movie is smart, lavish and fun without being assaultive. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Review: Black Panther Is Truly a Movie for Everyone," 6 Feb. 2018 Not to worry, wobbles and assaultive basslines are on their way. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Datsik's Cinematic 'Master of Shadows' EP Kicks Off Ninja Nation 2018 Tour: Listen," 12 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of assaultive

1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of assaultive was in 1876

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