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Definitions of assault

  1. attack someone physically or emotionally; "The mugger assaulted the woman"; "Nightmares assailed him regularly" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. attack verbally, in speech or writing; "The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a threatened or attempted physical attack by someone who appears to be able to cause bodily harm if not stopped Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. the crime of forcing a woman to submit to sexual intercourse against her will Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. close fighting during the culmination of a military attack Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1946 Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. used in an attack; "assault weapons", "attack planes" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. attack in speech or writing; "The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  9. force (someone) to have sex against their will; "The woman was raped on her way home at night" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  10. A violent onset or attack with physical means, as blows, weapons, etc.; an onslaught; the rush or charge of an attacking force; onset; as, to make assault upon a man, a house, or a town. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. A violent onset or attack with moral weapons, as words, arguments, appeals, and the like; as, to make an assault on the prerogatives of a prince, or on the constitution of a government. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. An apparently violent attempt, or willful offer with force or violence, to do hurt to another; an attempt or offer to beat another, accompanied by a degree of violence, but without touching his person, as by lifting the fist, or a cane, in a threatening manner, or by striking at him, and missing him. If the blow aimed takes effect, it is a battery. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. To make an assault upon, as by a sudden rush of armed men; to attack with unlawful or insulting physical violence or menaces. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. To attack with moral means, or with a view of producing moral effects; to attack by words, arguments, or unfriendly measures; to assail; as, to assault a reputation or an administration. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. A crime that occurs when one person tries to physically harm another in a way that makes the person under attack feel immediately threatened. Actual physical contact is not necessary; threatening gestures that would alarm any reasonable person can constitute an assault. Compare battery.
  16. A violent physical attack; an attack by military force; a violent attack by argument or hostile words; an attempt to do bodily injury to a other; the charge of an attacking party on a fortified position. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  17. To attack violently; storm, as by armed force; attack by moral force; attempt bodily injury to; attack, as a fortified position; by a sudden charge. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  18. A sudden attack: a storming, as of a town. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  19. To make an assault or attack upon. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  20. A violent attack; a storming. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  21. To make an assault upon by word or deed. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  22. To attack with violence; assail. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  23. Any attack; charge of troops. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  24. A violent, often sudden, attack; an attack by storm; an attack by hostile words or proceedings; an attempt or threat to beat or do bodily injury to another. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  25. A public exhibition of military exercises. See Assail. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  26. To attack with hostile intention; to fall on with violence; to storm; to attack by words, arguments, or unfriendly measures. Assault-at-arms. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  27. A violent attack, with the intention of injuring; a hostile attack. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  28. To fall upon with violence, as in words or writing. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  29. An unlawful attempt or offer. on the part of one man, with force or violence, to inflict a bodily hurt upon another. An attempt or offer to beat another, without touching him; as if one lifts up his cane or his fist in a threatening manner at another ; or strikes at him, but misses him. 3 Bl. Comm. 120; 3 Steph. Comm. 469. Aggravated assault is one committed with the intention of committing some additional crime; or one attended with circumstances of peculiar outrage or atrocity. Simple assault is one committed with no intention to do any other injury. An assault is an unlawful attempt, coupled with a present ability, to commit a violent injury on the person of another. Pen. Code Cal. thelawdictionary.org
  30. Crim. law. An assault is any unlawful attempt or offer with force or violence to do a corporal hurt to another, whether from malice or wantonness; for example, by striking at him or even holding up the fist at him in a threatening or insulting manner, or with other circumstances as denote at the time. an intention, coupled with a present ability, of actual violence against his person, as by pointing a weapon at him when he is within reach of it. 6 Rogers Rec: 9. When the injury is actually inflicted, it amounts to a battery. (q. v.) 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  31. Assaults are either simple or aggravated. 1. A simple assault is one Where there is no intention to do any other injury. This is punished at common law by fine and imprisonment. 2. An aggravated assault is one that has in addition to the bare intention to commit it, another object which is also criminal; for example, if a man should fire a pistol at another and miss him, the former would be guilty of an assault with intent to murder; so an assault with intent to rob a man, or with intent to spoil his clothes, and the like, are aggravated assaults, and they are more severely punished than simple assaults. General references, 1 East, P. C. 406; Bull. N. P. 15; Hawk. P. B. b. 1, c. 62, s. 12; 1 Russ. Cr. 604; 2 Camp. Rep. 650 1 Wheeler's Cr. C. 364; 6 Rogers' Rec. 9; 1 Serg. & Rawle, 347 Bac. Ab. h. t.; Roscoe. Cr. Ev. 210. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  32. as-sawlt', n. a sudden attack: a storming, as of a town: (Eng. law) unlawful attempt to apply force to the person of another--when force is actually applied, the act amounts to battery: an attack of any sort by arguments, appeals, &c.--v.t. to make an assault or attack upon: (law) to make an assault.--n. ASSAULT'ER.--ASSAULT AT ARMS, a display of attack and defence in fencing. [O. Fr. asaut--L. ad, upon, saltus, a leap, sal[=i]re, to leap. See ASSAIL.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  33. Hostile attack (lit. & fig.); a. of, at, arms, attack in fencing, display of military exercises; rush against walls of fortress &c., as carry by a.; (Law) unlawful personal attack (including menacing words), as a. and battery. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  34. Make violent attack upon (lit. & fig.); assail; attack (fortress) by sudden rush. Hence assaultable a. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  35. [O. Fr.] Rapid attack over open ground on any fortified post. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  36. n. A violent attack with physical means, as blows, weapons, &c; –an attack with arguments, appeals, and the like. Cabinet Dictionary

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