|Origin:||aanslag 'act of striking'; influenced by slaught 'slaughter' (13-17 centuries)|
a large violent attack by an army
In December they launched a full-scale onslaught on the capital.
strong criticism of someone
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 effect of something that is unpleasant and could cause damage:
plants that will survive the onslaught of winter