- A violent onset or attack with physical means, for example blows, weapons, etc.
- to make assault upon a man, a house, or a town
- The Spanish general prepared to renew the assault.
- 1814, William Wordsworth, The Excursion, Book 5
- Unshaken bears the assault / Of their most dreaded foe, the strong southwest.
- A violent onset or attack with moral weapons, for example words, arguments, appeals, and the like
- (criminal legal) 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.
- (singulare tantum, legal) The crime whose action is such an attempt.
- (tort legal) An act that causes someone to apprehend imminent bodily harm.
- (singulare tantum, legal) The tort whose action is such an act.
- (fencing) A non-competitive combat between two fencers.
- French: assaut
- German: Anschlag
- Italian: assalto, attacco, aggressione, arrembaggio, all'arrembaggio
- Portuguese: assalto
- Russian: нападе́ние
- Spanish: asalto, acometimiento
assault (assaults, present participle assaulting; past and past participle assaulted)
- (transitive) To attack, physically or figuratively.
- Tom was accused of assaulting another man outside a nightclub.
- Loud music assaulted our ears as we entered the building.
- (transitive) To threaten or harass.
- French: attaquer, agresser
- German: überfallen, angreifen
- Italian: attaccare, aggredire, assalire, molestare
- Portuguese: agredir
- Russian: напада́ть
- Spanish: asaltar, atacar