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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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