onslaught

noun on·slaught \ ˈän-ˌslȯt , ˈȯn- \
|Updated on: 20 Jul 2018

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.

Examples of onslaught in a Sentence

  1. an onslaught by the enemy

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

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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


ONSLAUGHT Defined for English Language Learners

onslaught

Definition of onslaught for English Language Learners

  • : a violent attack


ONSLAUGHT Defined for Kids

onslaught

noun on·slaught \ ˈän-ˌslȯt , ˈȯn- \

Definition of onslaught for Students

: a violent attack


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