Try Our Apps


What is the origin of "February"?

assault and battery

noun, Law.
an assault with an actual touching or other violence upon another.
Origin of assault and battery
1580-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for assault-and-battery
Historical Examples
  • Why, you could see that old girl fairly squirm when she got one of them assault-and-battery glances.

    The House of Torchy Sewell Ford
British Dictionary definitions for assault-and-battery

assault and battery

(criminal law) a threat of attack to another person followed by actual attack, which need amount only to touching with hostile intent
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for assault and battery

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for assault

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for assault-and-battery