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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an onslaught by the enemy the massive onslaught of enemy troops caught the country by surprise
Recent Examples on the Web While infectious disease experts have praised California’s early efforts to limit the spread of the virus, local health officials are bracing for a comparable onslaught. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: What’s in the stimulus bill for California?," 26 Mar. 2020 But a signature Trump onslaught was already tapping the brakes: the trade war. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Will ‘The Great Cessation’ be worse than the Great Recession? Here’s what we can tell so far," 25 Mar. 2020 The study, which could include many thousands of patients in dozens of countries, has been designed to be as simple as possible so that even hospitals overwhelmed by an onslaught of COVID-19 patients can participate. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "WHO launches global megatrial of the four most promising coronavirus treatments," 22 Mar. 2020 The move follows an onslaught of calls to suspend appointments by immigration attorneys. Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, "As US immigration agency and courts close, vast case backlog expands," 18 Mar. 2020 In addition to the backlog of cases that will build up before the courts reopen, Colon said there will likely be an onslaught of new cases, given how many people are not working because businesses have shut down. Cary Spivak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Landlords should be banned from carrying out evictions during coronavirus crisis, says Legal Action of Wisconsin," 17 Mar. 2020 The late 19th century brought an onslaught of activity as railroad tracks were being built through Dallas. Alyssa Fernandez, Dallas News, "Mesquite: From sleepy train depot to bustling midcentury suburb," 10 Mar. 2020 Chevrolet also showed off an electric crossover that will go on sale by 2025 as part of GM's eleven-vehicle onslaught. Eric Tingwall, Car and Driver, "Chevy's Electric Pickup Will Go Toe to Toe with Ford F-150 and Tesla Cybertruck," 4 Mar. 2020 That anxiety has spawned an onslaught of books seeking to prescribe the best response to it. Duff Mcdonald, Wired, "Being Happy at Work Is Simply Not Enough," 29 Feb. 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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“Onslaught.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/onslaught. Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of onslaught

: a violent attack


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

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: a violent attack

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