assault - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a physical attack on someone, or the crime of physically attacking someone

    an assault on a young student

    He was charged with assault.

    guilty of indecent assault

  2. 2
    [countable] an attack by the armed forces

    a NATO air assault

    assault on:

    the assault on Pohang-dong

  3. 3
    [countable] a strong criticism

    The article was a vicious assault on Bell’s integrity.

  4. 4
    [countable] formal a serious attempt to achieve something difficult