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 for assault
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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              Insnared, assaulted, overcome, led bound. --Milton.
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     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.
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              Before the gates, the cries of babes newborn, . . .
              Assault his ears.                     --Dryden.
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     Note: In the latter sense, assail is more common.
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     Syn: To attack; assail; invade; encounter; storm; charge. See
          Attack.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Assault \As*sault"\, n. [OE. asaut, assaut, OF. assaut, asalt,
     F. assaut, LL. assaltus; L. ad + saltus a leaping, a
     springing, salire to leap. See Assail.]
     1. A violent onset or attack with physical means, as blows,
        weapons, etc.; an onslaught; the rush or charge of an
        attacking force; onset; as, to make assault upon a man, a
        house, or a town.
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              The Spanish general prepared to renew the assault.
                                                    --Prescott.
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              Unshaken bears the assault
              Of their most dreaded foe, the strong southwest.
                                                    --Wordsworth.
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     2. A violent onset or attack with moral weapons, as words,
        arguments, appeals, and the like; as, to make an assault
        on the prerogatives of a prince, or on the constitution of
        a government. --Clarendon.
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     3. (Law) An apparently violent attempt, or willful offer with
        force or violence, to do hurt to another; an attempt or
        offer to beat another, accompanied by a degree of
        violence, but without touching his person, as by lifting
        the fist, or a cane, in a threatening manner, or by
        striking at him, and missing him. If the blow aimed takes
        effect, it is a battery. --Blackstone. Wharton.
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              Practically, however, the word assault is used to
              include the battery.                  --Mozley & W.
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     Syn: Attack; invasion; incursion; descent; onset; onslaught;
          charge; storm.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  assault
      n 1: close fighting during the culmination of a military attack
      2: a threatened or attempted physical attack by someone who
         appears to be able to cause bodily harm if not stopped
      3: thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1946
      4: the crime of forcing a woman to submit to sexual intercourse
         against her will [syn: rape, violation, assault,
         ravishment]
      v 1: attack someone physically or emotionally; "The mugger
           assaulted the woman"; "Nightmares assailed him regularly"
           [syn: assail, assault, set on, attack]
      2: force (someone) to have sex against their will; "The woman
         was raped on her way home at night" [syn: rape, ravish,
         violate, assault, dishonor, dishonour, outrage]
      3: attack in speech or writing; "The editors of the left-leaning
         paper attacked the new House Speaker" [syn: attack,
         round, assail, lash out, snipe, assault]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  208 Moby Thesaurus words for "assault":
     abuse, aggravated assault, aggression, ambush, amphibious attack,
     armed assault, assail, assailing, assailment, attack,
     banzai attack, barbarize, batter, battering, battery, bear,
     bear upon, beat up, beating, berating, beset, bitter words,
     blackening, blitz, blitzkrieg, boost, breakthrough, bruise,
     brutalize, buck, bull, bulldoze, bump, bump against, bunt, burn,
     bushwhack, butcher, butchery, butt, butt against, carry on,
     censure, charge, citation, come at, come down on, contumely,
     counterattack, counteroffensive, coup de main, crack down on, cram,
     crippling attack, crowd, dead set at, descend on, descend upon,
     descent on, destroy, diatribe, dig, disorderliness, diversion,
     diversionary attack, drive, elbow, execration, fall on, fall upon,
     flank attack, force, forcible seizure, frontal attack, gang up on,
     gas attack, go at, go for, go on, goad, hammer, hard words, harm,
     harry, have at, head-on attack, hit, hit like lightning, hold-up,
     hurtle, hustle, implication, impugnment, incrimination,
     inculpation, incursion, infiltration, invasion, invective,
     involvement, jab, jam, jawing, jeremiad, jog, joggle, jolt, jostle,
     jump, killing, land on, lay at, lay hands on, lay into, lay waste,
     laying waste, light into, lightning attack, lightning war, loot,
     looting, mass attack, massacre, maul, megadeath, molest,
     molestation, mug, mugging, nudge, obstreperousness, offense,
     offensive, onset, onslaught, overkill, panzer warfare, philippic,
     pile drive, pillage, pillaging, pitch into, poke, pounce upon,
     pound, press, prod, punch, push, rage, raid, ram, ram down, ramp,
     rampage, rant, rape, rating, rattle, rave, revilement, riot,
     rioting, roar, ruin, run, run against, run at, rush, sack, sacking,
     sail into, sally, savage, screed, set on, set upon, shake,
     shock tactics, shoulder, shove, slaughter, smite, sortie,
     sow chaos, sowing with salt, storm, stress, strike, surprise,
     swoop down on, take the offensive, tamp, tear, tear around,
     terrorize, thrust, tirade, tongue-lashing, unprovoked assault,
     unruliness, vandalize, vilification, violate, violation,
     vituperation, wade into, wreck
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  ASSAULT, crim. law. An assault is any unlawful attempt or offer with force
  or violence to do a corporal hurt to another, whether from malice or
  wantonness; for example, by striking at him or even holding up the fist at
  him in a threatening or insulting manner, or with other circumstances as
  denote at the time. an intention, coupled with a present ability, of actual
  violence against his person, as by pointing a weapon at him when he is
  within reach of it. 6 Rogers Rec: 9. When the injury is actually inflicted,
  it amounts to a battery. (q.v.)
       2. Assaults are either simple or aggravated. 1. A simple assault is one
  Where there is no intention to do any other injury. This is punished at
  common law by fine and imprisonment. 2. An aggravated assault is one that
  has in addition to the bare intention to commit it, another object which is
  also criminal; for example, if a man should fire a pistol at another and
  miss him, the former would be guilty of an assault with intent to murder; so
  an assault with intent to rob a man, or with intent to spoil his clothes,
  and the like, are aggravated assaults, and they are more severely punished
  than simple assaults. General references, 1 East, P. C. 406; Bull. N. P. 15;
  Hawk. P. B. b. 1, c. 62, s. 12; 1 Russ.  Cr. 604; 2 Camp. Rep. 650 1
  Wheeler's Cr. C. 364; 6 Rogers' Rec. 9; 1 Serg. & Rawle, 347 Bac. Ab. h.t.;
  Roscoe. Cr. Ev. 210.
  
  

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