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attack

noun

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1 the act or action of setting upon with force or violence
  • The USS Constitution was nicknamed "Old Ironsides" after its oaken hull successfully withstood a British attack

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2 a sudden experiencing of a physical or mental disorder
  • malaria is characterized by periodic attacks of chills and fever

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attack

verb

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1 to take sudden, violent action against
  • our dog unexpectedly attacked the mailman, sinking his teeth into the startled man's leg

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2 to criticize harshly and usually publicly
  • the mayor and all his aides were attacked mercilessly in the press when the scandal erupted

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3 to start work on energetically
  • Courtney attacked the huge mess in her room with determination and enthusiasm

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attack, assail, assault, bombard, storm mean to make an onslaught upon. attack implies taking the initiative in a struggle. plan to attack the town at dawn assail implies attempting to break down resistance by repeated blows or shots. assailed the enemy with artillery fire assault suggests a direct attempt to overpower by suddenness and violence of onslaught. Commandos assaulted the building from all sides. bombard applies to attacking with bombs or shells. bombarded the city nightly storm implies attempting to break into a defended position. preparing to storm the fortress

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The first known use of attack was circa 1576

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“Attack.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/attack. Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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