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

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Nevada coach Musselman had to call a timeout to stop the onslaught. Tom Groeschen, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Bearcats lose 22-point lead, fall 75-73 to Nevada in NCAA Tournament stunner," 18 Mar. 2018 But none of this comes close to stopping the current onslaught. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "This nation pioneered modern life. Now epic numbers of Americans are killing themselves with opioids to escape it.," 20 Feb. 2018 Some claim this media onslaught paints a biased picture of the school. Alexander Nazaryan, Newsweek, "America’s Best and Drunkest," 11 Sep. 2014 The week was punctuated by an onslaught of commentary about Sanders' character. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "As a willing warrior for Trump, Sarah Huckabee Sanders struggles to maintain credibility," 5 May 2018 Judging by the onslaught of tweets and Instagrams showing it off, a national shortage seems to be in our future. Marissa Miller, Teen Vogue, "Starbucks Officially Launches Crystal Ball Frappuccino," 22 Mar. 2018 If Chicago were to be saved from the onslaught of deterioration, force would have to be mustered and renewal marched systematically against the blight. Aimee Levitt, Chicago Reader, "Architecture / Archive Dive / History / Neighborhoods / News How the city cleared out the north side to make room for Sandburg Village and white prosperity," 19 Mar. 2018 Proving that toxic fandom is, sadly, still alive and well, Riverdale star Vanessa Morgan is choosing to step away from social media due to the onslaught of trolls who have recently come her way. Devon Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, ""Riverdale" Star Vanessa Morgan Is Taking a Twitter Break Due to "Mean" Fans," 3 Oct. 2018 This onslaught of coverage comes with its downsides, though, like rumors that range from mildly annoying to downright offensive. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "7 Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Conspiracy Theories So Ridiculous You Have to Laugh," 18 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of onslaught

: a violent attack


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

Kids Definition of onslaught

: a violent attack

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