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

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Mueller struggled at times to respond to the onslaught from lawmakers, each of whom were allotted just a few minutes for questioning. Grace Segers, Kathryn Watson, Stefan Becket, CBS News, "Mueller sticks to the script in day of grueling testimony," 24 July 2019 Instead of celebrating American history the week of our nation’s independence, Nike has apparently decided that Betsy Ross is unworthy, and has bowed to the current onslaught of political correctness and historical revisionism. cleveland.com, "Arizona Gov. rips Nike for pulling Betsy Ross flag sneakers Colin Kaepernick complained about," 2 July 2019 Instead of celebrating American history the week of our nation’s independence, Nike has apparently decided that Betsy Ross is unworthy, and has bowed to the current onslaught of political correctness and historical revisionism. ... Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Colin Kaepernick reportedly asked Nike not to release a shoe with a Revolutionary War-era flag, enraging Ted Cruz and the governor of Arizona.," 2 July 2019 Hall’s theories were ultimately debunked by an onslaught of credible research in the decades that followed. Caitlin Gibson, Washington Post, "The rise of the only child: How America is coming around to the idea of ‘just one’," 19 June 2019 The best, most intense auroras appear when Earth is subjected to an onslaught from a solar flare. Victoria Jaggard, National Geographic, "Solar flares, explained," 30 Apr. 2019 With apologies to pumpkin-spice fanatics, this autumnal onslaught must stop. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "Go away, pumpkin creep: Pumpkin spice invades South Florida earlier than ever | PHOTOS," 22 Aug. 2019 This onslaught of chess moves is a product of unprecedented player empowerment in the NBA. Sean Gregory, Time, "The NBA Is Officially Ridiculous," 12 July 2019 But farther west, this new onslaught of heat represents something of a pattern change. oregonlive.com, "Potentially historic early-summer heat wave to roast Europe," 25 June 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

noun

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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