Synonyms of assault in English:


See definition of assault


1‘he pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer’


hit, strike, physically attack, aim blows at, slap, smack, beat, thrash, spank, thump, thwack, punch, cuff, swat, knock, rap

pummel, pound, batter, pelt, welt

cane, lash, whip, club, cudgel, box someone's ears

informal clout, wallop, belt, whack, bash, clobber, bop, biff, sock, deck, slug, plug, knock about, knock around, knock into the middle of next week, lay into, do over, rough up

NZ Australian informal quilt

literary smite

2‘they left their position to assault the hill’


attack, make an assault on, launch an attack on, assail, pounce on, set upon, launch oneself at, strike at, fall on, swoop on, rush, storm, besiege

3‘police believe that he first assaulted then murdered her’


rape, sexually assault, molest, interfere with


1‘he was charged with assault’


violence, physical violence, battery, mugging, actual bodily harm, ABH

violent act, physical attack

sexual assault, sexual misconduct, molesting, sexual interference, rape

British grievous bodily harm, GBH

2‘troops began an assault on the city’


attack, strike, onslaught, offensive, storming, charge, drive, push, thrust, invasion, bombardment, sortie, sally, foray, incursion, raid, act of war, act of aggression, blitz, campaign