Pronunciation: noun \ə-ˈsȯlt\
1. a : a violent physical or verbal attack b : a military attack usually involving direct combat with enemy forces c : a concerted effort (as to reach a goal or defeat an adversary)
2 : a threat or attempt to inflict offensive physical contact or bodily harm on a person (as by lifting a fist in a threatening manner) that puts the person in immediate danger of or in apprehension of such harm
Middle English assaut, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *assaltus, from assalire
First Known Use: 14th century
Used in a sentence: "Hula violently assaulted the toilet paper dispenser in the public restroom when it repeatedly refused to give up more than half a square of paper at a time."
Okay, perhaps that's an exaggeration. Or not.