Date: 1600-1700
Language: Dutch
Origin: aanslag 'act of striking'; influenced by slaught 'slaughter' (13-17 centuries)


on‧slaught [countable]
1 a large violent attack by an army
onslaught on/against
In December they launched a full-scale onslaught on the capital.
2 strong criticism of someone
onslaught on/against
his public onslaught on the Conservatives
under the onslaught of something
He praised his wife for her dignity under the onslaught of the tabloid press.

the onslaught of something

the effect of something that is unpleasant and could cause damage:
plants that will survive the onslaught of winter

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