counter-assault

assault

[uh-sawlt]
noun
1.
a sudden, violent attack; onslaught: an assault on tradition.
2.
Law. an unlawful physical attack upon another; an attempt or offer to do violence to another, with or without battery, as by holding a stone or club in a threatening manner.
3.
Military. the stage of close combat in an attack.
4.
rape1.
verb (used with object)
5.
to make an assault upon; attack; assail.

Origin:
1200–50; Middle English asaut < Old French < Medieval Latin assaltus (replacing Latin assultus), equivalent to Latin as- as- + saltus a leap (sal(īre) to leap + -tus suffix of v. action)

assaultable, adjective
assaulter, noun
counterassault, verb (used with object), noun
nonassault, noun
unassaultable, adjective
unassaulted, adjective

assault, battery.


1. onset, charge; invasion, aggression. 5. See attack.
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assault (əˈsɔːlt)
 
n
1.  a violent attack, either physical or verbal
2.  law battery Compare assault and battery an intentional or reckless act that causes another person to expect to be subjected to immediate and unlawful violence
3.  a.  the culmination of a military attack, in which fighting takes place at close quarters
 b.  (as modifier): assault troops
4.  rape or attempted rape
 
vb
5.  to make an assault upon
6.  to rape or attempt to rape
 
[C13: from Old French asaut, from Vulgar Latin assaltus (unattested), from assalīre (unattested) to leap upon; see assail]
 
as'saulter
 
n
 
as'saultive
 
adj

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assault
c.1300, from O.Fr. asaut (12c., Mod.Fr. assaut), from V.L. *adsaltus "attack, assault," from ad "to" + L. saltus "a leap," from salire "to leap, spring" (see assail). The verb is from c.1450.
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