Synonyms of bombard

1 to use bombs or artillery against
  • the Allies bombarded Germany for a great many months during World War II

Synonyms for bombard

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2 to attack with a rapid or overwhelming outpouring of many things at once
  • reporters bombarded the company spokesman with sharp questions

Synonyms for bombard

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How does the verb bombard contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of bombard are assail, assault, attack, and storm. While all these words mean "to make an onslaught upon," bombard applies to attacking with bombs or shells.

bombarded the city nightly

When is assail a more appropriate choice than bombard?

While the synonyms assail and bombard are close in meaning, assail implies attempting to break down resistance by repeated blows or shots.

assailed the enemy with artillery fire

When could assault be used to replace bombard?

While in some cases nearly identical to bombard, assault suggests a direct attempt to overpower by suddenness and violence of onslaught.

commandos assaulted the building from all sides

When might attack be a better fit than bombard?

The words attack and bombard can be used in similar contexts, but attack implies taking the initiative in a struggle.

plan to attack the town at dawn

When can storm be used instead of bombard?

The meanings of storm and bombard largely overlap; however, storm implies attempting to break into a defended position.

preparing to storm the fortress

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“Bombard.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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