onslaught

noun
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 Still, researchers worry that the onslaught of false information on social media may drown out the voices of reason. Alyza Sebenius, Bloomberg.com, "Facebook, Twitter Are Failing to Curb Voting-By-Mail Falsehoods," 5 Oct. 2020 The offensive onslaught has been a welcome lift for the Thorns, who scored just three goals in six matches at the Challenge Cup. oregonlive, "Portland Thorns on an offensive roll as they visit Utah Royals," 2 Oct. 2020 The Asian economic power continues to earn criticism for skirting trade rules, even after the onslaught of tariffs that Trump put into place over the last few years. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "Trade often dominated Trump’s first-term agenda. But it’s slipped from the 2020 forefront, even in trade-heavy states like Texas," 23 Sep. 2020 The onslaught of Goths, Alans, and Huns pressing west eventually pushed the Roman Empire to the point of collapse. Andrew Curry, National Geographic, "Ancient empire collapse seen in violent injuries in nomad graveyard," 22 Sep. 2020 The onslaught of hurricanes has focused attention on climate change, which scientists say is causing wetter, stronger and more destructive storms. CBS News, "Hundreds of thousands still without power in Sally cleanup," 18 Sep. 2020 Like the wildfires raging on the West Coast, the onslaught of hurricanes has focused attention on climate change, which scientists say is causing slower, rainier, more powerful and more destructive storms. Anchorage Daily News, "Rescue, recovery and a wary eye on rising rivers in the US South in the wake of Hurricane Sally," 17 Sep. 2020 Like the wildfires raging on the West Coast, the onslaught of hurricanes has focused attention on climate change, which scientists say is causing slower, rainier, more powerful and more destructive storms. Arkansas Online, "After Sally: Rescue, recovery and a wary eye on rivers," 17 Sep. 2020 After an onslaught of backlash, the Herald apologized this week and promised to never again run the insert, which the paper’s editors now say had actually included anti-Semitic and racist articles for months. Jaclyn Peiser, Washington Post, "Miami Herald editor blames ‘internal failures’ after publishing an anti-Semitic, racist insert," 16 Sep. 2020

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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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15 Oct 2020

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“Onslaught.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/onslaught. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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onslaught

noun
How to pronounce onslaught (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of onslaught

: a violent attack

onslaught

noun
on·​slaught | \ ˈän-ˌslȯt How to pronounce onslaught (audio) , ˈȯn- \

Kids Definition of onslaught

: a violent attack

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