Topic: CRIME

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: assaut, from Latin assaltus, past participle of assalire; ASSAIL


1 noun
as‧sault1 W3
1SCC [uncountable and countable] the crime of physically attacking someone:
a case of robbery and assault
for assault
He was jailed for assault.
sexual/indecent assault
victims of indecent assault
assault on/against
sexual assaults on women
Several soldiers have been charged with assault.
2 [uncountable and countable] a military attack to take control of a place controlled by the enemy
assault on
an unsuccessful assault on the enemy lines
The refugee camp came under assault again last night.
a powerful assault rifle
3 [uncountable and countable] a strong spoken or written criticism of someone else's ideas, plans etc [= attack]
assault on
an assault on the capitalist system
under assault
Traditional family values are increasingly under assault.
4 [countable] an attempt to achieve something difficult, especially using physical force
assault on
an assault on Mt Everest (=an attempt to climb it)
crimes that involve stealing things: robbery, burglary, theft, shoplifting, fraud, carjacking

crimes that involve attacking people : assault, mugging, murder, rape

someone who commits crimes: criminal, thief, crook, burglar, mugger, robber, pickpocket, rapist, offender, lawbreaker

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