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assault

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of assault

  1. 1 the act of forcing a person to engage in sexual activity and especially intercourse the body of the murdered woman also showed signs of assault Synonyms of assault rape, ravishment, sexual assault, violationWords Related to assault acquaintance rape, date rape, statutory rape; gang rape; indecent assault, molestation; defilement, deflowering

  2. 2 the act or action of setting upon with force or violence was arrested for his assault of the bystander Synonyms of assault aggression, attack, attempt, blitz, blitzkrieg, charge, coup de main, descent, offense (or offence), offensive, onset, onslaught, raid, rush, strikeWords Related to assault ambuscade, ambush; counteraggression, counterassault, counterattack, counteroffensive, counterstrike; sally, sortie; envelopment, flanking; breakthrough, foray, incursion, invasion; pillage, ravage, sack; air raid, bombardment, bombing; siege, storm; barrage, cannonade, fusillade, hail, salvo, volley; whammyNear Antonyms of assault defense, defensive, guard, shield; opposition, resistance; protection, security, shelter


assault

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of assault

  1. 1 to engage in sexual activity and especially intercourse with a person unwilling or unable to give consent she could not give a full description of the person who had assaulted her Synonyms of assault rape, force, outrage, ravish, violateWords Related to assault date rape; gang rape; molest; paw; defile, deflower

  2. 2 to take sudden, violent action against roving bands of hoodlums randomly assaulted people on the street Synonyms of assault assail, attack, beset, bushwhack, charge, descend (on or upon), go in (on), jump (on), pounce (on or upon), raid, rush, set on, sic (also sick), storm, strike, trash, turn (on)Words Related to assault bum-rush, gang up (on), mob, swarm; mug, rob; ambuscade, ambush, surprise (also surprize), waylay; blitz, bomb, bombard, nuke; barrage, cannon, cannonade; bang away (at), batter, buffet, plaster; beleaguer, besiege, press; harry, loot, pillage, plunder, ravage, sack; foray, invade, overrun; envelop, flankNear Antonyms of assault cover, defend, guard, protect, secure, shield

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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