The definition of an assault is an act that causes verbal or physical injury.(noun)
Rape is an example of assault.
To assault is defined as to cause harm to someone, to threaten harm, or to try and cause harm.(verb)
Holding a gun on someone is an example of assault.
See assault in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME assaut < OFr assaut, assalt < VL *assaltus < assalire: see assail
transitive verb, intransitive verb
See assault in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English assaut
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , from Vulgar Latin *assaltus
Origin: , variant of Latin assultus
Origin: , from
Origin: past participle of assilīre, to jump on; see assail.
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