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assault

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1 the act of forcing a person to engage in sexual activity and especially intercourse

  • attended a class teaching women self-defense against assault
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assault

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1 to engage in sexual activity and especially intercourse with a person unwilling or unable to give consent

  • was registered as a sex offender after assaulting the victim
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2 to take sudden, violent action against

  • was found guilty of assaulting an officer
  • enemy forces assaulted the city
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Phrases Synonymous with assault

beat up on, fly at, go at, light into, pitch into, round on, set at, set upon, tear into

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Synonym Discussion of assault

attack, assail, assault, bombard, storm mean to make an onslaught upon. attack implies taking the initiative in a struggle.
    • plan to attack the town at dawn
assail implies attempting to break down resistance by repeated blows or shots.
    • assailed the enemy with artillery fire
assault suggests a direct attempt to overpower by suddenness and violence of onslaught.
    • Commandos assaulted the building from all sides.
bombard applies to attacking with bombs or shells.
    • bombarded the city nightly
storm implies attempting to break into a defended position.
    • preparing to storm the fortress


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