onslaught

noun
on·slaught | \ ˈän-ˌslȯt , 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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Investors have punished it and rivals for what’s been seen as a slow response to the onslaught of online shopping. Jeannette Neumann, WSJ, "Zara Boosts Profit Margin, Bucking an Industry Trend," 13 June 2018 Brus and Little Dude fled Carol Hosley’s home more than a week ago as the dog-lover was being evacuated from her Leilani Estates apartment due to the onslaught of lava explosions in the area, according to Hawaii News Now. Char Adams, PEOPLE.com, "Two Missing Dogs Rescued in Hawaii After Being Found Near Lava from Volcano Eruption," 15 May 2018 Sunday’s onslaught by the Dodgers marked only the third time in franchise history that the Mets had allowed seven home runs in a game. David Waldstein, New York Times, "Mets Start a Reliever and Dodgers Have a Blast, Hitting Seven Homers," 24 June 2018 Yet, come time for the big game, Foles was able to withstand Brady’s onslaught and was eventually named Super Bowl MVP after leading the Eagles to a 41-33 victory over the defending champs. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "Groom Proudly Wears Eagles Jersey at the Altar After Winning Bet Against Bride," 31 May 2018 With a recent onslaught of deadly natural disasters across the country – including hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and the California wildfires – Kilauea's eruption is an unusual but relatively tame disaster. Anchorage Daily News, "‘We don’t know what tomorrow may bring’: Hawaiians’ risk turns to painful reality," 9 May 2018 Stassi's emergence, along with Brian McCann's offensive onslaught, leaves Hinch jockeying some lineup decisions. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Max Stassi is establishing himself in Astros' lineup," 26 Apr. 2018 The magic sauce at the Bongo Room was working with your best friends, forming a united front against an onslaught of people demanding brunch. Sarah Nardi, Chicago Reader, "The Bongo Room turns 25: A look back at Wicker Park's beloved brunch spot," 5 July 2018 Landing in Volgograd around midday, we were met with an onslaught of Tunisian noise. SI.com, "90Min World Cup Fan Diaries: The Battle of Volgograd," 21 June 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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onslaught

noun

English Language Learners Definition of onslaught

: a violent attack

onslaught

noun
on·slaught | \ ˈän-ˌslȯt , ˈȯn- \

Kids Definition of onslaught

: a violent attack

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