onslaught

noun
on·​slaught | \ ˈän-ˌslȯt How to pronounce onslaught (audio) , ˈȯn- \

Definition of onslaught

: an especially fierce attack the tremendous onslaught across the Rhine— Sir Winston Churchill also : something resembling such an attack an onslaught of technological changes Employers are expecting an onslaught of recent college graduates.

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Examples of onslaught in a Sentence

an onslaught by the enemy the massive onslaught of enemy troops caught the country by surprise
Recent Examples on the Web Since that time, the United States has been hit by an onslaught of extreme and deadly weather events including Hurricane Maria, massive wildfires in California and this year's deep freeze in Texas. Matt Egan, CNN, "'Immediate and drastic.' The climate crisis is seriously spooking economists," 30 Mar. 2021 But the season was abruptly shut down by the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic, taking away any dreams of postseason titles. Andrew Mahoney, BostonGlobe.com, "On eve of Hockey East playoffs, BC men believe they have met ‘the challenge’," 11 Mar. 2021 Iraq’s Christian communities in the area were dealt a severe blow when they were scattered by the IS onslaught in 2014, further shrinking the country’s already dwindling Christian population. Mariam Fam, The Christian Science Monitor, "Iraq's Christians, barely hanging on, prepare for papal visit," 3 Mar. 2021 That rollout will get a lot messier in states that have been hardest-hit by the onslaught of snow, such as Texas. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Historic winter storm throws a wrench into COVID vaccine rollout in Texas," 18 Feb. 2021 The month comes to a close with Halloween, a spooky, scary time when the nation is haunted by a relentless onslaught of political attack ads in which basically every candidate for public office is depicted as a hideous, bloodsucking ghoul. Dave Barry, Washington Post, "Dave Barry’s Year in Review 2020," 27 Dec. 2020 Instead of becoming overwhelmed by this onslaught of emotion, completely surrender to it. Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, "Daily horoscope for December 22, 2020," 22 Dec. 2020 Despite Trump administration efforts to erect a protective shield around nursing homes, coronavirus cases are surging within facilities in states hard hit by the latest onslaught of COVID-19. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Nursing home COVID-19 cases rise four-fold in surge states, including Utah," 9 Nov. 2020 Despite the Trump administration's efforts to protect nursing homes, coronavirus cases are surging within facilities in states hard-hit by the latest onslaught of COVID-19. CBS News, "Nursing home COVID-19 cases shoot up 400% in surge states," 9 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of onslaught

circa 1625, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for onslaught

modification of Dutch aanslag act of striking; akin to Old English an on and to Old English slēan to strike — more at slay

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The first known use of onslaught was circa 1625

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7 Apr 2021

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“Onslaught.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/onslaught. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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onslaught

noun

English Language Learners Definition of onslaught

: a violent attack

onslaught

noun
on·​slaught | \ ˈän-ˌslȯt How to pronounce onslaught (audio) , ˈȯn- \

Kids Definition of onslaught

: a violent attack

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