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 There are a number of problems with this conclusion, not least of which is the onslaught of evidence suggesting a dramatic transformation of business-as-usual is exactly what’s needed. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "We’re Debating Climate Predictions While Rome Burns," 10 Feb. 2020 The onslaught was reminiscent to the 69 first-half points the Saints scored on the Warriors back on Jan. 17 in an 86-27 romp. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Strong St. Thomas Episcopal squad completes sweep of FBCA varsity boys," 28 Jan. 2020 The Seawolves held onto the lead for about nine minutes, and then the onslaught began for the Lakers (7-18-1, 5-10-1). Anchorage Daily News, "UAA hockey team surrenders 3 goals in the final period to lose 5-3," 6 Jan. 2020 Since the 15 states enacted their laws at different times over the past two years, the onslaught of lawsuits is coming in waves. Jim Mustian, The Denver Post, "New sex abuse lawsuits could cost Catholic Church over $4B," 2 Dec. 2019 The onslaught was, no doubt, a taste of what’s to come. Los Angeles Times, "7 takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio," 15 Oct. 2019 Turkey views the Syrian Kurdish fighters as terrorists, and Trump’s decision to pull back U.S. troops leaves them vulnerable to the military onslaught. BostonGlobe.com, "But the U.S. military has kept a decades-long focus on the Middle East as part of a strategy of stopping or minimizing security threats before they spread to American and allied shores.," 10 Oct. 2019 But the decision to leave Syrian Kurds — who supported the U.S. in the fight against Islamic State militants — vulnerable to a military onslaught from Turkey has been condemned by some of Trump’s staunchest Republican allies. Washington Post, "The Latest: Australian PM worried IS may regroup in Syria," 10 Oct. 2019 View Sample Sign Up Now Turkey views the Syrian Kurdish fighters who have helped the U.S. against the Islamic State as terrorists, and Trump’s decision to pull back U.S. troops leaves them vulnerable to the military onslaught. Time, "'Stupid Endless Wars.' In Angry Tweets, Trump Defends Pulling U.S. Troops From Syria," 9 Oct. 2019

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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 19 Feb. 2020.

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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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