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in law, an attempt or threat, going beyond mere words, to use violence, with the intent and the apparent ability to do harm to another. If violent contact actually occurs, the offense of batterybattery,
in criminal and tort law, the unpermitted touching of any part of the person of another, or of anything worn, carried by, or intimately associated at that moment (as a chair being sat on) with another.
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 has been committed; modern criminal statutes often combine assault and battery. An assault may be both a crime and a torttort,
in law, the violation of some duty clearly set by law, not by a specific agreement between two parties, as in breach of contract. When such a duty is breached, the injured party has the right to institute suit for compensatory damages.
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, for which the party assaulted may sue for damages; the victim's freedom, as to move or remain at peace, must have been impinged on. Modern criminal statutes recognize certain degrees of assault (e.g., with intent to kill, to do great bodily harm, to rape) as aggravated assaults and felonies, though simple assault remains, as at common lawcommon law,
system of law that prevails in England and in countries colonized by England. The name is derived from the medieval theory that the law administered by the king's courts represented the common custom of the realm, as opposed to the custom of local jurisdiction that
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, a misdemeanor. Either malevolence or recklessness (as in driving a car in reckless disregard of human life) may constitute the intent necessary to assault in most jurisdictions.


See W. L. Prosser, Handbook of the Law of Torts (3d ed. 1964).


Final phase of an attack; closing with the enemy in hand-to-hand fighting.
The landing of troops for attack on the enemy's beach defenses.
The landing of parachute and glider elements on unsecured and unprepared drop zones and landing zones to attack and seize an airhead.
A short, violent, but well-ordered attack against a local objective, such as a gun emplacement, fort, or machine gun nest.


famous horse in history of thoroughbred racing. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 1273]
See: Horse


Law an intentional or reckless act that causes another person to expect to be subjected to immediate and unlawful violence
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A number of conservative Majlis deputies were very vocal in denouncing the verbal assault on Faezeh.
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Every day was an adventure, and it all came to a climax one Sunday afternoon on the road when the bigots in the stands joined the bigots in the field in a vicious verbal assault on the second baseman.
Even though the resident is routinely responding to nursing intervention, routine hygiene tasks and so forth with a resistant, combative attitude, often displayed through hitting, kicking, grabbing, spitting or verbal assault, that same resident often obviously enjoys it when a staff person approaches, talks in a soft, calm tone and even holds the resident's hand or touches him affectionately on the shoulder.
It added, They have suffered ill treatment at the hands of Israeli forces, including gender-based violence, physical and verbal assault, and degrading strip searches used as a punitive measure.
Trapattoni, who had his own say the following day, returned to the theme last night when asked about the former Manchester United captain's latest verbal assault.
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Mr Huhne's criticism is the most explicit verbal assault made from the Birmingham conference platform by a senior Liberal Democrat on their coalition partners this week.
The Asian girl was waiting for a bus when David Lister subjected her to a drunken, racist verbal assault.