assault

An assault is an attack. Getting punched, yelled at, or bombed are all types of assault.

To assault is to attack or bombard someone in some way. Fighter planes can make an aerial assault, while ground troops make a ground assault. Verbal assault consists of insults, swearing, or threats. A strong criticism, like a negative review in the newspaper, is a written assault. Physical assault can range from getting pushed to getting shot. You could even say "That music is so loud it's assaulting my ear drums!"

Definitions of assault
  1. verb
    attack someone physically or emotionally
    “The mugger assaulted the woman”
    synonyms: assail, attack, set on
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    bait
    attack with dogs or set dogs upon
    set, sic
    urge to attack someone
    bulldog
    attack viciously and ferociously
    rush
    attack suddenly
    blindside
    attack or hit on or from the side where the attacked person's view is obstructed
    savage
    attack brutally and fiercely
    reassail
    assail again
    jump
    make a sudden physical attack on
    beset, set upon
    assail or attack on all sides: "The zebra was beset by leopards"
    desecrate, outrage, profane, violate
    violate the sacred character of a place or language
    molest
    harass or assault sexually; make indecent advances to
    bear down, charge
    to make a rush at or sudden attack upon, as in battle
    gang-rape
    rape (someone) successively with several attackers
  2. verb
    attack in speech or writing
    synonyms: assail, attack, lash out, round, snipe
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    abuse, blackguard, clapperclaw, shout
    use foul or abusive language towards
    claw
    attack as if with claws
    vitriol
    subject to bitter verbal abuse
    rip
    criticize or abuse strongly and violently
    whang
    attack forcefully
    barrage, bombard
    address with continuously or persistently, as if with a barrage
    blister, scald, whip
    subject to harsh criticism
    rubbish
    attack strongly
    slang
    abuse with coarse language
    rail, revile, vilify, vituperate
    spread negative information about
    curse
    heap obscenities upon
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    criticise, criticize, knock, pick apart
    find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws
  3. verb
    force (someone) to have sex against their will
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    gang-rape
    rape (someone) successively with several attackers
    type of:
    assail, attack, set on
    attack someone physically or emotionally
  4. noun
    a threatened or attempted physical attack by someone who appears to be able to cause bodily harm if not stopped
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    aggravated assault
    a reckless attack with intent to injure seriously (as with a deadly weapon)
    assault and battery, battery
    an assault in which the assailant makes physical contact
    mugging
    assault with intent to rob
    resisting arrest
    physical efforts to oppose a lawful arrest; the resistance is classified as assault and battery upon the person of the police officer attempting to make the arrest
    type of:
    attack, attempt
    the act of attacking
  5. noun
    close fighting during the culmination of a military attack
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    resisting arrest
    physical efforts to oppose a lawful arrest; the resistance is classified as assault and battery upon the person of the police officer attempting to make the arrest
    storm
    a direct and violent assault on a stronghold
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    battle, conflict, engagement, fight
    a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war
  6. noun
    the crime of forcing a woman to submit to sexual intercourse against her will
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    date rape
    rape in which the rapist is known to the victim (as when they are on a date together)
    carnal abuse, statutory rape
    sexual intercourse with a person (girl or boy) who has not reached the age of consent (even if both parties participate willingly)
    type of:
    sex crime, sex offense, sexual abuse, sexual assault
    a statutory offense that provides that it is a crime to knowingly cause another person to engage in an unwanted sexual act by force or threat
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