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 Heather Keirnan, vice president of operations for Northwestern Medicine Immediate Care, recalled the early days of the pandemic when doctors didn’t have enough COVID-19 tests to give to the onslaught of people showing symptoms of the virus. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, 10 May 2021 McWilliams had been subject to an onslaught of social media posts in 2018, with a man calling him and another friend and classmate, Thomas Hernandez, rapists. Freep.com, 10 Apr. 2021 Lawrence North led by eight in just over two minutes, and Josh Whack’s score in transition off a Charlie Williams pass was seemingly simply a stop to the onslaught. Michael Mccleary, The Indianapolis Star, 4 Apr. 2021 But perhaps the most noteworthy response to the onslaught of disease has been the work of courageous caregivers—including the five physicians pictured here, all from traditional Diné families and all quick to rise to the historic challenge. Eric Retterbush; Text By Jade Begay, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Feb. 2021 Jaouad is forced into isolation, subject to an onslaught of torturous procedures and bodily invasion. New York Times, 7 Feb. 2021 The world has gone from complete ignorance to an onslaught of detail in a matter of months, and those details can seem jarring. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 21 Sep. 2020 Blood Quantum is an old-school zombie film, as opposed to the recent onslaught of AMC Walking Dead wannabes. Robert Sullivan, The New York Review of Books, 5 Sep. 2020 Dallas led 75-71 when Leonard stole the ball from Tim Hardaway Jr. and raced downcourt with George to his right and Morris to his left and Kleber as the only Maverick between the Clipper onslaught and the basket. Dallas News, 24 May 2021

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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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6 Jun 2021

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“Onslaught.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/onslaught. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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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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