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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International aid organizations sounded the alarm Wednesday for the fate of thousands of desperate Syrians fleeing the onslaught of President Bashar Assad’s forces in southwestern Syria, urging neighboring countries to take them in. Washington Post, "Aid groups urge Jordan to open border to fleeing Syrians," 27 June 2018 BEIRUT — International aid organizations sounded the alarm Wednesday for the fate of thousands of desperate Syrians fleeing the onslaught of President Bashar Assad’s forces in southwestern Syria, urging neighboring countries to take them in. Sarah El Deeb, BostonGlobe.com, "Aid groups urge Jordan to open border to fleeing Syrians," 27 June 2018 After years of onslaught, the reality machine has blue-screened under the weight of a decade of lies from politicians and variously interested parties. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "The gospel of Elon Musk, according to his flock," 26 June 2018 Yet Sweden was able to withstand the onslaught, occasionally riding its luck and being grateful for the heroic efforts of veteran captain Andreas Granqvist. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Germany stuns Sweden on Toni Kroos' last-gasp goal to resuscitate World Cup hopes," 23 June 2018 The New York lawsuit opens a powerful new front in the legal onslaught against the president as special counsel Robert S. Mueller III continues his investigation into the ties of Trump associates with Russia. Barbara Demick, latimes.com, "New York charges Trump, his family and its foundation with 'persistent' violations," 15 June 2018 The bakery hums back to life, and Kurokawa and her crew hurry through the long lists of tasks—prepping focaccia dough, cutting out butter cookies, readying themselves for the usual 3 p.m. onslaught, cleaning up for the weekend ahead. Elyse Inamine, Bon Appetit, "The Mysterious World of Burrow, a Japanese Bakery Hiding In an Office Lobby," 13 June 2018 The onslaught of wings tore through my earth as your eyes swallowed mine — the dark expanse of a flock in wild chaos. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "The Poems Of Aaron Caycedo-Kimura: Honoring Ones Parents," 13 June 2018 The deal is among a small group of ultra-luxury homes bucking the downward trend in New York’s high-end real estate market, which has suffered amid an onslaught of new supply in recent months. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Ultraluxury-Penthouse Sale Defies Slowing Manhattan Market," 4 Jan. 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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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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