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. Unabridged
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assault (əˈsɔːlt)
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
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]

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Word Origin & History

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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