Assault As*sault", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Assaulted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Assaulting}.] [From {Assault}, n.: cf. OF. assaulter, LL. assaltare.] 1. To make an assault upon, as by a sudden rush of armed men; to attack with unlawful or insulting physical violence or menaces. [1913 Webster]

Insnared, assaulted, overcome, led bound. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. 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. [1913 Webster]

Before the gates, the cries of babes newborn, . . . Assault his ears. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Note: In the latter sense, assail is more common. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To attack; assail; invade; encounter; storm; charge. See {Attack}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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