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attack

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of attack

  1. 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 Synonyms of attack aggression, assault, attempt, blitz, blitzkrieg, charge, coup de main, descent, offense (or offence), offensive, onset, onslaught, raid, rush, strike Words Related to attack ambuscade, ambush; counteraggression, counterassault, counterattack, counteroffensive, counterstrike; sally, sortie; envelopment, flanking; breakthrough, foray, incursion, invasion; pillage, ravage, sack; air raid, bombardment, bombing; siege, storm; barrage, cannonade, fusillade, hail, salvo, volley; whammy Near Antonyms of attack defense, defensive, guard, shield; opposition, resistance; protection, security, shelter

  2. 2 a sudden experiencing of a physical or mental disorder malaria is characterized by periodic attacks of chills and fever Synonyms of attack access, bout, case, fit, seizure, siege, spell, turn Words Related to attack recurrence, relapse; brainstorm, convulsion, eclampsia, pang, paroxysm, spasm, throe; agitation, frenzy; breakdown, collapse, prostration Near Antonyms of attack arrest, relief, remission


attack

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of attack

  1. 1 to take sudden, violent action against our dog unexpectedly attacked the mailman, sinking his teeth into the startled man's leg Synonyms of attack assail, assault, beset, bushwhack, charge, descend (on or upon), go in (on), jump (on), pounce (on or upon), raid, rush, set on, sic (also sick), storm, strike, trash, turn (on) Words Related to attack bum-rush, gang up (on), mob, swarm; mug, rob; ambuscade, ambush, surprise (also surprize), waylay; blitz, bomb, bombard, nuke; barrage, cannon, cannonade; bang away (at), batter, buffet, plaster; beleaguer, besiege, press; harry, loot, pillage, plunder, ravage, sack; foray, invade, overrun; envelop, flank Phrases beat up on, fly at, go at, light into, pitch into, round on, set at, set upon, tear into Near Antonyms of attack cover, defend, guard, protect, secure, shield

  2. 2 to criticize harshly and usually publicly the mayor and all his aides were attacked mercilessly in the press when the scandal erupted Synonyms of attack abuse, assail, bash, belabor, blast, castigate, excoriate, jump (on), lambaste (or lambast), potshot, savage, scathe, slam, trash, vituperate Words Related to attack berate, harangue, harass, harry, revile, scold, whip; blaspheme, curse, execrate, imprecate, profane; affront, insult, slur; asperse, bad-mouth, belittle, blackguard, disparage, put down; libel, slander, traduce, vilify; chastise, chide, criticize, lace (into), rebuke, reprimand, reproof; fulminate, lash (out) Phrases beat up on, light into, sail into, tie into Near Antonyms of attack acclaim, commend, compliment, hail, laud, praise

  3. 3 to start work on energetically Courtney attacked the huge mess in her room with determination and enthusiasm Synonyms of attack dive (into), tackle, wade (in or into) Words Related to attack address, approach, face; buckle (down to), concentrate (on), focus (on), knuckle down (to), zero (in on); fall (to), pitch in, plunge (in), settle (down); pursue, take up, undertake Phrases go at, have at, light into, pitch into, sail into, tear into Near Antonyms of attack avoid, evade, shun; dally, dawdle, dillydally, fiddle (around), fool, idle, lag, mess, monkey (around), play, poke, potter (around), putter (around), trifle

Synonym Discussion of attack

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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