under assault

Definition of under assault

  1. :  being attacked or severely criticized The city is under assault from enemy troops. Their personal freedoms are (coming) under assault by the government. He came under assault for his unusual beliefs.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  in or into a position below or beneath something

    :  below or short of some quantity, level, or limit

    :  in or into a condition of subjection, subordination, or unconsciousness

  1. :  below or beneath so as to be overhung, surmounted, covered, protected, or concealed by

    :  subject to the authority, control, guidance, or instruction of

    :  receiving or undergoing the action or effect of

  1. :  lower in rank or authority :  subordinate

  1. :  a violent physical or verbal attack

    :  a military attack usually involving direct combat with enemy forces

    :  a concerted effort (as to reach a goal or defeat an adversary)

  1. :  to make an assault on :  to attack violently

    :  rape

    :  to make an assault

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to cast off or become cast off

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