What is assault?


In law, assault is a crime that involves causing a victim to apprehend violence. The term is often confused with battery, which involves physical contact. The specific meaning of assault varies between countries, but can refer to an act that causes another to apprehend immediate and personal violence, or in the more limited sense of a threat of violence caused by an immediate show of force. Assault in some US jurisdictions is defined more broadly still as any intentional physical contact with another person without their consent; but in the majority of the United States, and in England and Wales and all other common law jurisdictions in the world, this is defined instead as battery. Some jurisdictions have incorporated the definition of civil assault into the definition of the crime making it a criminal assault to intentionally cause another person to apprehend a harmful or offensive contact.

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USS Spear (AM-322) - World War II Pacific Operations - Supporting The Guam Assault
... preceded to a rendezvous point just south of Guam for the impending amphibious assault on that island ... remainder of the campaign, she escorted oilers on their nightly retirement from the assault area and conducted antisubmarine searches ...
Penobscot Expedition - Assault
... and the Sky Rocket, Brigadier General Peleg Wadsworth led an assault force of 400 (200 marines and 200 militia) ashore with orders to capture the ... The American casualties in the assault had been severe "one hundred out of four hundred men on the shore and bank", with the Continental Marines ...
Assault - Regional Details - Ancient Greece
... Assault in Ancient Greece was normally termed hubris ... Violations of the law against hubris included what would today be termed assault and battery sexual crimes ranging from forcible rape of women or children to consensual but improper ...
Amphibious Warfare Ship - History - Early Cold War Developments
... The first use of helicopters in an amphibious assault came during the Anglo-French-Israeli invasion of Egypt in 1956 (the Suez War) ... into service to carry helicopters, and a battalion-sized airborne assault was made ... The modern amphibious assault can take place at virtually any point of the coast, making defending against them extremely difficult ...
Assault Amphibious Vehicle
... The Assault Amphibious Vehicle (AAV)—official designation AAV-7A1 (formerly known as Landing Vehicle, Tracked, Personnel-7 abbr ... It is used by USMC Assault Amphibian Battalions to land the surface assault elements of the landing force and their equipment in a single lift from assault shipping during ...

More definitions of "assault":

  • (noun): A threatened or attempted physical attack by someone who appears to be able to cause bodily harm if not stopped.
  • (noun): Thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1946.
  • (noun): The crime of forcing a woman to submit to sexual intercourse against her will.
    Synonyms: rape, violation, ravishment
  • (noun): Close fighting during the culmination of a military attack.

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    The treatment of the incident of the assault upon the sailors of the Baltimore is so conciliatory and friendly that I am of the opinion that there is a good prospect that the differences growing out of that serious affair can now be adjusted upon terms satisfactory to this Government by the usual methods and without special powers from Congress.
    Benjamin Harrison (1833–1901)

    Among women.—”The truth? Oh, you don’t really know what ‘the truth’ is! Isn’t it an assault on all our pudeurs?”
    Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900)

    What Soft—Cherubic Creatures—
    These Gentlewomen are—
    One would as soon assault a Plush—
    Or violate a Star—
    Emily Dickinson (1830–1886)