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definition of the word assault

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Singular
assault

Plural
assaults

assault (plural assaults)

  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. (criminal law) An attempt to commit battery: a violent attempt, or willful effort with force or violence, to do hurt to another, but without necessarily touching his person, as by lifting a fist in a threatening manner, or by striking at him and missing him.
  4. (singulare tantum) (law) The crime whose action is such an attempt.
  5. (tort law) An act that causes someone to fear imminent bodily harm.
  6. (singulare tantum) (law) The tort whose action is such an act.
  7. (fencing) A non-competitive combat between two fencers.


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