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on·slaught

 (ŏn′slôt′, ôn′-)
n.
1. A violent attack.
2. An overwhelming outpouring: an onslaught of third-class mail.

[Alteration (influenced by obsolete slaughte, slaughter) of Dutch aanslag, a striking at, from Middle Dutch aenslach : aen-, on; see an- in Indo-European roots + slach, a striking.]

onslaught

(ˈɒnˌslɔːt)
n
a violent attack
[C17: from Middle Dutch aenslag, from aan on + slag a blow, related to slay]

on•slaught

(ˈɒnˌslɔt, ˈɔn-)

n.
an onset or assault, esp. a vigorous one.
[1615–25; < Dutch aanslag a striking, (earlier) attack; akin to slay]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.onslaught - a sudden and severe onset of trouble
trouble - an event causing distress or pain; "what is the trouble?"; "heart trouble"
2.onslaught - (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons)onslaught - (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons); "the attack began at dawn"
military operation, operation - activity by a military or naval force (as a maneuver or campaign); "it was a joint operation of the navy and air force"
ground attack - an attack by ground troops
assault - close fighting during the culmination of a military attack
charge - an impetuous rush toward someone or something; "the wrestler's charge carried him past his adversary"; "the battle began with a cavalry charge"
banzai attack, banzai charge - a mass attack of troops without concern for casualties; originated by Japanese who accompanied it with yells of `banzai'
diversionary attack, diversion - an attack calculated to draw enemy defense away from the point of the principal attack
penetration, incursion - an attack that penetrates into enemy territory
blitzkrieg, blitz - a swift and violent military offensive with intensive aerial bombardment
strike - an attack that is intended to seize or inflict damage on or destroy an objective; "the strike was scheduled to begin at dawn"
counterattack, countermove - an attack by a defending force against an attacking enemy force in order to regain lost ground or cut off enemy advance units etc.
bombing, bombardment - an attack by dropping bombs
firing, fire - the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy; "hold your fire until you can see the whites of their eyes"; "they retreated in the face of withering enemy fire"
strafe - an attack of machine-gun fire or cannon fire from a low flying airplane; "the next morning they carried out a strafe of enemy airfields"
coup de main, surprise attack - an attack without warning
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
3.onslaught - the rapid and continuous delivery of linguistic communication (spoken or written); "a barrage of questions"; "a bombardment of mail complaining about his mistake"
language, linguistic communication - a systematic means of communicating by the use of sounds or conventional symbols; "he taught foreign languages"; "the language introduced is standard throughout the text"; "the speed with which a program can be executed depends on the language in which it is written"

onslaught

noun
2. surge, flood, flow, upsurge, outpouring the onslaught of cheap second-hand imports

onslaught

noun
Translations
هُجوم، إنْقِضاض
stormløb
árás, áhlaup
spēcīgs uzbrukums
şiddetli saldırı

onslaught

[ˈɒnslɔːt] N (gen) → ataque m, arremetida f
to make a furious onslaught on a criticatacar violentamente a un crítico

onslaught

[ˈɒnslɔːt] nassaut m

onslaught

n (Mil) → (heftiger) Angriff (→ on auf +acc); (fig also)Attacke f (→ on auf +acc); to make an onslaught on somebody/something (fig) (verbally) → jdn/etw angreifen or attackieren; (on work) → einer Sache (dat)zu Leibe rücken; the constant onslaught of advertisements on TVdas ständige Bombardement der Fernsehzuschauer mit Werbung

onslaught

[ˈɒnˌslɔːt] n (Mil) (fig) → attacco

onslaught

(ˈonsloːt) noun
a fierce attack. an onslaught on the enemy troops.
References in classic literature ?
Nature herself Doth aid the Tartar with a deadly blast Following the wild onslaught.
The French invaders, like an infuriated animal that has in its onslaught received a mortal wound, felt that they were perishing, but could not stop, any more than the Russian army, weaker by one half, could help swerving.
Umslopogaas and Galazi, not waiting for the onslaught of the ten, as men had thought they must, sprang forward, each at the line of foes who were before him.
The onslaught would be on the morrow, they said, and they proved to be right.
Tom stood still, rather flustered by this onslaught.
He may be stern; he may be exacting; he may be ambitious yet; but his is the sternness of the warrior Greatheart, who guards his pilgrim convoy from the onslaught of Apollyon.
The three fellows still abroad upon the island did not greatly trouble us; a single sentry on the shoulder of the hill was sufficient to ensure us against any sudden onslaught, and we thought, besides, they had had more than enough of fighting.
As he said to himself, "If, for my sins, or by my good fortune, I come across some giant hereabouts, a common occurrence with knights-errant, and overthrow him in one onslaught, or cleave him asunder to the waist, or, in short, vanquish and subdue him, will it not be well to have some one I may send him to as a present, that he may come in and fall on his knees before my sweet lady, and in a humble, submissive voice say, 'I am the giant Caraculiambro, lord of the island of Malindrania, vanquished in single combat by the never sufficiently extolled knight Don Quixote of La Mancha, who has commanded me to present myself before your Grace, that your Highness dispose of me at your pleasure'?
He stepped forward with a furious onslaught to finish this audacious fellow.
There they await the onslaught, the inexperienced ones clutching their revolvers and treading on twigs, but the old hands sleeping tranquilly until just before the dawn.
But the Royal Army of Oz was too much afraid of women to meet the onslaught.
So vicious was his onslaught that the poorly armed and unprotected burghers, unused to the stern game of war, fell like sheep before the iron men on their iron shod horses.