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Assault, subst. attack, onset, storm: “what means death in this rude a.?” R2 V, 5, 106. “they may vex us with shot or with a.” H6A I, 4, 13. the enemy “doth make a.” II, 1, 38. “in which a. we lost twelve hundred men,” IV, 1, 24. Cor. IV, 5, 180. Mcb. I, 2, 33. Figuratively: “I will make a complimental a. upon him,” Troil. III, 1, 42. “a savageness in unreclaimed blood, of general a.” Hml. II, 1, 35 (== incident to all men). Especially an attempt on the chastity of a woman: “if, Collatine, thine honour lay in me, from me by strong a. it is bereft,” Lucr. 835. “Dian no queen of virgins, that would suffer her poor knight surprised, without rescue in the first a. or ransom afterward,” All's I, 3, 121. A mere proposal of that kind termed so: “the a. that Angelo hath made to you,” Meas. III, 1, 188. “the a. you have made to her chastity,” Cymb. I, 4, 175. All's IV, 2, 51. Cymb. I, 6, 150. III, 2, 8. Used of honourable love: “invincible against all --s of affection,” Ado II, 3, 120.
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