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English noun: assault

1. assault (act) close fighting during the culmination of a military attack

Broader (hypernym)battle, conflict, engagement, fight

Narrower (hyponym)resisting arrest, storm

Part meronymattack, onrush, onset, onslaught

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

2. assault (act) a threatened or attempted physical attack by someone who appears to be able to cause bodily harm if not stopped

Broader (hypernym)attack, attempt

Narrower (hyponym)aggravated assault, assault and battery, battery, mugging

3. Assault (animal) thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1946

Instance hypernymthoroughbred

4. assault (act) the crime of forcing a woman to submit to sexual intercourse against her will

Synonymsrape, ravishment, violation

Broader (hypernym)sex crime, sex offense, sexual abuse, sexual assault

Narrower (hyponym)carnal abuse, date rape, statutory rape

English verb: assault

1. assault (competition) attack someone physically or emotionally

SamplesThe mugger assaulted the woman.
Nightmares assailed him regularly.

Synonymsassail, attack, set on

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Narrower (hyponym)assault, bait, beset, blindside, bulldog, desecrate, dishonor, dishonour, jump, molest, outrage, outrage, profane, rape, ravish, reassail, rush, savage, set, set upon, sic, violate, violate

2. assault (social) force (someone) to have sex against their will

SamplesThe woman was raped on her way home at night.

Synonymsdishonor, dishonour, outrage, rape, ravish, violate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)assail, assault, attack, set on

Narrower (hyponym)gang-rape

3. assault (communication) attack in speech or writing

SamplesThe editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker.

Synonymsassail, attack, lash out, round, snipe

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)criticise, criticize, knock, pick apart

Narrower (hyponym)abuse, barrage, blackguard, blister, bombard, clapperclaw, claw, rip, rubbish, scald, shout, vitriol, whang, whip

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