Origin of onslaughtaltered (infl. by slaughter) from Dutch annslag from slagen, to strike: see slay
- When you suddenly lose your job, get sick, get evicted and have your car break down all within two days, this is an example of an onslaught of trouble.
- When a restaurant gets two tour buses arriving at the same time and unloading 50 guests, this is an example of an onslaught.
The definition of an onslaught is a violent attack, or a situation where you are suddenly bombarded with a lot of things or people all at once.
- A violent attack.
- An overwhelming outpouring: an onslaught of third-class mail.
Origin of onslaughtAlteration ( influenced by obsolete slaughte slaughter ) of Dutch aanslag a striking at from Middle Dutch aenslach aen- on ; see an- in Indo-European roots. slach a striking
- A fierce attack.
- A large quantity of people or things resembling an attack.
- They opened the doors and prepared for the onslaught of holiday shoppers.
- King John, the negus of Abyssinia, burning to avenge this defeat, marched, in February 1889, with an enormous army to Gallabat, where the amir Zeki Tumal commanded the khalifas forces, some 60,000 strong, and had strongly fortified the town and the camp. On the 9th of March 1889 the Abyssinians made a terrific onslaught, stormed and burnt the town, and took thousands of prisoners.
- Xenophanes in the middle of the 6th century had made the first great attack on the crude mythology of early Greece, including in his onslaught the whole anthropomorphic system enshrined in the poems of Homer and Hesiod.
- In the same year there appeared the third volume of the French edition of the Essay on Man, which reached Ferney, and exasperated Voltaire, by its onslaught on Helvetius, into a sharp attack which only made the young author more conspicuous.
- Percy received the fugitives within a hollow square, checked the onslaught for a time with two field-pieces, used the Munroe Tavern for a hospital, and later in the day carried his command with little further injury back to Boston.
- Itself came he stood on his native earth to receive the onslaught of her enemies."