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oppugnātĭo (obp-), ōnis, f. [id.], a storming, assaulting, besieging; an attack, assault, siege (class.).

I. Lit.: de oppidorum oppugnationibus, Cic. de Or. 1, 48, 210: oppugnatio Gallorum, i. e. their method of besieging, Caes. B. G. 2, 6, 2; 7, 29, 2: propulsare, Cic. Cael. 9, 20: relinquere, to raise, Tac. A. 15, 16: oppugnatione civitas cingitur, Macr. S. 3, 9, 6.—

II. Trop., an assault, attack with words, an accusation, etc.: totum genus oppugnationis hujus propulsare debetis. Cic. Cael. 9, 20; id. Vatin. 2, 5: sine oppugnatione, id. Q. Fr. 2, 8, 1.