AskDefine | Define onslaught

Dictionary Definition



1 a sudden and severe onset of trouble
2 (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons); "the attack began at dawn" [syn: attack, onset, onrush]
3 the rapid and continuous delivery of linguistic communication (spoken or written) [syn: barrage, outpouring]

User Contributed Dictionary



From anslaight, similar to aanslag.



  1. A fierce attack.
  2. A large quantity of people or things resembling an attack.
    They opened the doors and prepared for the onslaught of holiday shoppers.


a fierce attack
large quantity of people or things resembling an attack

Extensive Definition

An onslaught is a sudden and overwhelming attack.
Onslaught can also refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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