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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 ?
But one mark of a writer's greatness is that different minds can find in him different inspirations; and Professor Erlin, who hated the Prussians, gave his enthusiastic admiration to Goethe because his works, Olympian and sedate, offered the only refuge for a sane mind against the onslaughts of the present generation.
For a moment there would come a lull in the storm, but then it would swoop down again with such onslaughts that it seemed impossible to stand against it.
But since it was impossible for us to dictate in what way we should be assailed, we had to make the best of it, and accordingly sent orders to the various regiments to prepare to receive the separate onslaughts.
But Grandfather delayed its momentous history while he touched briefly upon some of the bloody battles, sieges, and onslaughts, the tidings of which kept continually coming to the ears of the old inhabitants of Boston.
So strong was the play-instinct in him, as well as was his constitution strong, that he continually outplayed Scraps to abject weariness, so that he could only lie on the deck and pant and laugh through air-draughty lips and dab futilely in the air with weak forepaws at Michael's continued ferocious-acted onslaughts.