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The beginning of something, especially something unpleasant
“He has produced a set of seven steps to keep your mind nimble, steps which may even postpone the onset of dementia, but which at least will probably give your mind a lift.”
The act or action of setting upon with force or violence
“… the walls withstood the onset of the first battalion.”
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