onslaught

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noun on·slaught \ˈän-ˌslȯt, ˈȯn-\

Definition of onslaught

  1. :  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.

Examples of onslaught in a sentence

  1. an onslaught by the enemy

  2. the massive onslaught of enemy troops caught the country by surprise

Origin and Etymology of onslaught

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


First Known Use: circa 1625


ONSLAUGHT Defined for English Language Learners

onslaught

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noun on·slaught \ˈän-ˌslȯt, ˈȯn-\

Definition of onslaught for English Language Learners

  • : a violent attack


ONSLAUGHT Defined for Kids

onslaught

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noun on·slaught \ˈän-ˌslȯt, ˈȯn-\

Definition of onslaught for Students

  1. :  a violent attack



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