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attack

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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

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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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beat up on, fly at, go at, light into, pitch into, round on, set at, set upon, tear into

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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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beat up on, light into, sail into, tie into

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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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go at, have at, light into, pitch into, sail into, tear into

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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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