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assault (n.)

late 14c., earlier asaut (c. 1200), "physical attack (on a person), sudden violent onslaught (on a place)," from Old French asaut, assaut "an attack, an assault, attacking forces" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *adsaltus "attack, assault," from ad "to" (see ad-) + Latin saltus "a leap," from salire "to leap, spring" (see salient (adj.)). The -l- was restored, as in fault (n.), vault (n.1). In law by 1580s; historically, assault includes menacing words or actions coupled with present means to effect them; battery is an actual blow.

assault (v.)

"attack physically," early 15c., assauten, from Old French asauter, assauter, from Vulgar Latin *assaltare (see assault (n.)). Related: Assaulted; assaulting.

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Definitions of assault
1
assault (v.)
attack someone physically or emotionally;
The mugger assaulted the woman
Synonyms: assail / set on / attack
assault (v.)
force (someone) to have sex against their will;
assault (v.)
attack in speech or writing;
Synonyms: attack / round / assail / lash out / snipe
2
assault (n.)
close fighting during the culmination of a military attack;
assault (n.)
a threatened or attempted physical attack by someone who appears to be able to cause bodily harm if not stopped;
assault (n.)
the crime of forcing a person to submit to sexual intercourse against his or her will;
Synonyms: rape / violation / ravishment
3
Assault (n.)
thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1946;
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