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English noun: onslaught

1. onslaught (event) a sudden and severe onset of trouble

Broader (hypernym)trouble

2. onslaught (act) (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons)

SamplesThe attack began at dawn.

Synonymsattack, onrush, onset

Broader (hypernym)military operation, operation

Narrower (hyponym)banzai attack, banzai charge, blitz, blitzkrieg, bombardment, bombing, charge, counterattack, countermove, coup de main, diversion, diversionary attack, fire, firing, ground attack, incursion, penetration, strafe, strike, surprise attack

Part holonymassault

Domain categoryarmed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine

3. onslaught (communication) the rapid and continuous delivery of linguistic communication (spoken or written)

SamplesA barrage of questions.
A bombardment of mail complaining about his mistake.

Synonymsbarrage, bombardment, outpouring

Broader (hypernym)language, linguistic communication

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