Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun assault

4 senses of assault

Sense 1
assault -- (close fighting during the culmination of a military attack)
       => battle, conflict, fight, engagement -- (a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war; "Grant won a decisive victory in the battle of Chickamauga"; "he lost his romantic ideas about war when he got into a real engagement")

Sense 2
assault -- (a threatened or attempted physical attack by someone who appears to be able to cause bodily harm if not stopped)
       => attack, attempt -- (the act of attacking; "attacks on women increased last year"; "they made an attempt on his life")

Sense 3
Assault -- (thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1946)
       INSTANCE OF=> thoroughbred -- (a racehorse belonging to a breed that originated from a cross between Arabian stallions and English mares)

Sense 4
rape, violation, assault, ravishment -- (the crime of forcing a woman to submit to sexual intercourse against her will)
       => sexual assault, sexual abuse, sex crime, sex offense -- (a statutory offense that provides that it is a crime to knowingly cause another person to engage in an unwanted sexual act by force or threat; "most states have replaced the common law definition of rape with statutes defining sexual assault")

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb assault

3 senses of assault

Sense 1
assail, assault, set on, attack -- (attack someone physically or emotionally; "The mugger assaulted the woman"; "Nightmares assailed him regularly")

Sense 2
rape, ravish, violate, assault, dishonor, dishonour, outrage -- (force (someone) to have sex against their will; "The woman was raped on her way home at night")
       => assail, assault, set on, attack -- (attack someone physically or emotionally; "The mugger assaulted the woman"; "Nightmares assailed him regularly")

Sense 3
attack, round, assail, lash out, snipe, assault -- (attack in speech or writing; "The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker")
       => knock, criticize, criticise, pick apart -- (find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws; "The paper criticized the new movie"; "Don't knock the food--it's free")

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