Assault

Definition of Assault

As`sault´
n.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.
The Spanish general prepared to renew the assault.
- Prescott.
Unshaken bears the assault
Of their most dreaded foe, the strong southwest.
- Wordsworth.
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.(Law) 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.
Practically, however, the word assault is used to include the battery.
- Mozley & W.
v. t.1.To make an assault upon, as by a sudden rush of armed men; to attack with unlawful or insulting physical violence or menaces.
[imp. & p. p. Assaulted; p. pr. & vb. n. Assaulting.]
2.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.
Before the gates, the cries of babes newborn, . . .
Assault his ears.
- Dryden.

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