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 Onstage was the largest collection of musicians assembled since the pandemic's onslaught emptied their hall. Rob Hubbard, Star Tribune, 17 July 2021 Another measure being announced Thursday to combat the ransomware onslaught is from the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network at the Treasury Department. NBC News, 15 July 2021 Regarding the onslaught of orange barrels in Fairview Park, Cooney chalked it up to a necessary aggravation. John Benson, cleveland, 15 July 2021 The onslaught of heat has also played a crucial role in fueling more than 70 major fires in 12 states from California to Minnesota. Julius Lasin, USA TODAY, 15 July 2021 For example, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that the United States Department of Justice is going to be using its authorities to challenge the onslaught of state laws undermining voting rights in old and new ways. ABC News, 13 July 2021 Healthier trees can better handle the onslaught of these moths than weak trees. Minnah Arshad, Detroit Free Press, 12 July 2021 Friday’s call came only three weeks after the onslaught of ransomware attacks dominated their first summit, in Geneva. New York Times, 9 July 2021 Justin Turner’s three-run homer keyed the onslaught. sun-sentinel.com, 7 July 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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“Onslaught.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/onslaught. Accessed 30 Jul. 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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