Assault

usgb/əˈsɔːlt/Volume
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Assault refers to serious harm, not minor scuffles or arguments. SlideThe brawl at the bar was reported as an assault.
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In news, 'assault' often implies criminal investigation or charges. SlideFollowing the assault, the area was cordoned off for investigation.
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Assault carries a negative connotation, suggesting a breach of peace or safety. SlideThe assault in the quiet town shocked its residents.