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English noun: onset

1. onset (event) the beginning or early stages


SamplesThe onset of pneumonia.


Synonymsoncoming


Broader (hypernym)start

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


SamplesThe attack began at dawn.


Synonymsattack, onrush, onslaught


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









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