Onslaught meaning

ŏnslôt, ôn-
A violent attack.
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A violent, intense attack.
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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.

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.

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An overwhelming outpouring.

An onslaught of third-class mail.

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A fierce attack.
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A large quantity of people or things resembling an attack.

They opened the doors and prepared for the onslaught of holiday shoppers.

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Origin of onslaught

  • Alteration (influenced by obsolete slaughte slaughter) of Dutch aanslag a striking at from Middle Dutch aenslach aen- on an- in Indo-European roots slach a striking

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From anslaight (compare Dutch aanslag and German Anschlag), equivalent to on- +"Ž slaught.

    From Wiktionary