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Assault vs. Harassment — What's the Difference?

Assault vs. Harassment — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Assault and Harassment

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Assault

An assault is the act of inflicting physical harm or unwanted physical contact upon a person or, in some specific legal definitions, a threat or attempt to commit such an action. It is both a crime and a tort and, therefore, may result in criminal prosecution, civil liability, or both.

Harassment

Harassment covers a wide range of behaviors of an offensive nature. It is commonly understood as behavior that demeans, humiliates or embarrasses a person, and it is characteristically identified by its unlikelihood in terms of social and moral reasonableness.

Assault

Make a physical attack on
She was sexually assaulted as a child
He pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer

Harassment

To subject (another) to hostile or prejudicial remarks or actions; pressure or intimidate.

Assault

A physical attack
His imprisonment for an assault on the film director
A sexual assault
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Harassment

To irritate or torment persistently
His mind was harassed by doubts and misgivings.

Assault

A concerted attempt to do something demanding
A winter assault on Mt Everest

Harassment

To make repeated attacks or raids on (an enemy, for example).

Assault

A violent physical attack, as with blows.

Harassment

Attacks and criticism causing worry and distress.

Assault

A strong or cutting verbal attack.

Harassment

Pestering or intimidation.

Assault

A military attack, such as one launched against a fortified area or place.

Harassment

(military) The use of repeated small-scale attacks to wear down an enemy force.

Assault

The concluding stage of an attack in which close combat occurs with the enemy.

Harassment

The act of harassing, or state of being harassed; worry; annoyance; anxiety.
Little harassments which I am led to suspect do occasionally molest the most fortunate.

Assault

An unlawful threat or attempt to do bodily injury to another.

Harassment

A feeling of intense annoyance caused by being tormented;
So great was his harassment that he wanted to destroy his tormentors

Assault

The act or an instance of unlawfully threatening or attempting to injure another.

Harassment

The act of tormenting by continued persistent attacks and criticism

Assault

Sexual assault.

Assault

The crime of rape.

Assault

A rigorous or energetic effort to accomplish something difficult
An assault on the mountain's summit.
An assault on poverty.

Assault

To make a violent assault upon; attack.

Assault

To rape.

Assault

To attack verbally; criticize or denounce.

Assault

To harass or beset
Assaulted by advertisements.

Assault

To make an assault.

Assault

A violent onset or attack with physical means, for example blows, weapons, etc.
The army made an assault on the enemy.

Assault

A violent verbal attack, for example with insults, criticism, and the like
She launched a written assault on the opposition party

Assault

An attempt to commit battery: a violent attempt, or willful effort with force or violence, to do hurt to another, but without necessarily touching the person, such as by raising a fist in a threatening manner, or by striking at the person and missing.

Assault

The crime whose action is such an attempt.

Assault

An act that causes someone to apprehend imminent bodily harm (such as brandishing a weapon).

Assault

The tort whose action is such an act.

Assault

(fencing) A non-competitive combat between two fencers.

Assault

(transitive) To attack, physically or figuratively; to assail.
Tom was accused of assaulting another man outside a nightclub.
Loud music assaulted our ears as we entered the building.

Assault

(transitive) To threaten or harass. en

Assault

A violent onset or attack with physical means, as blows, weapons, etc.; an onslaught; the rush or charge of an attacking force; onset; as, to make assault upon a man, a house, or a town.
The Spanish general prepared to renew the assault.
Unshaken bears the assaultOf their most dreaded foe, the strong southwest.

Assault

A violent onset or attack with moral weapons, as words, arguments, appeals, and the like; as, to make an assault on the prerogatives of a prince, or on the constitution of a government.

Assault

An apparently violent attempt, or willful offer with force or violence, to do hurt to another; an attempt or offer to beat another, accompanied by a degree of violence, but without touching his person, as by lifting the fist, or a cane, in a threatening manner, or by striking at him, and missing him. If the blow aimed takes effect, it is a battery.
Practically, however, the word assault is used to include the battery.

Assault

To make an assault upon, as by a sudden rush of armed men; to attack with unlawful or insulting physical violence or menaces.
Insnared, assaulted, overcome, led bound.

Assault

To attack with moral means, or with a view of producing moral effects; to attack by words, arguments, or unfriendly measures; to assail; as, to assault a reputation or an administration.
Before the gates, the cries of babes newborn, . . . Assault his ears.

Assault

Close fighting during the culmination of a military attack

Assault

A threatened or attempted physical attack by someone who appears to be able to cause bodily harm if not stopped

Assault

Thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1946

Assault

The crime of forcing a woman to submit to sexual intercourse against her will

Assault

Attack someone physically or emotionally;
The mugger assaulted the woman
Nightmares assailed him regularly

Assault

Force (someone) to have sex against their will;
The woman was raped on her way home at night

Assault

Attack in speech or writing;
The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker

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