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Definition of Assault


  1. A violent onset or attack with physical means, as blows, weapons, etc.; an onslaught; the rush or charge of an attacking force; onset; as, to make assault upon a man, a house, or a town.
  2. A violent onset or attack with moral weapons, as words, arguments, appeals, and the like; as, to make an assault on the prerogatives of a prince, or on the constitution of a government.
  3. An apparently violent attempt, or willful offer with force or violence, to do hurt to another; an attempt or offer to beat another, accompanied by a degree of violence, but without touching his person, as by lifting the fist, or a cane, in a threatening manner, or by striking at him, and missing him. If the blow aimed takes effect, it is a battery.
  4. To make an assault upon, as by a sudden rush of armed men; to attack with unlawful or insulting physical violence or menaces.
  5. To attack with moral means, or with a view of producing moral effects; to attack by words, arguments, or unfriendly measures; to assail; as, to assault a reputation or an administration.
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Assault Translations

assault in Afrikaans is aanval, aanslag
assault in Danish is anslag, angribe
assault in Dutch is aanvallen, aantasten
assault in French is attenter, assaut, assaille, assaillez, assaillent
assault in German is angreifen
assault in Italian is assalire, assalto
assault in Latin is insultus, oppugno, impugno, ingruo
assault in Portuguese is assalto