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Antonyms for attackəˈtæk

This page is about all possible antonyms and opposite words for the term attack.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. attack, onslaught, onset, onrush(noun)

    (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons)

    "the attack began at dawn"

    Antonyms:
    defend

    Synonyms:
    attempt, approach, oncoming, onrush, bombardment, plan of attack, fire, blast, flak, onset, onslaught, tone-beginning, flack, outpouring, barrage

  2. attack(noun)

    an offensive move in a sport or game

    "they won the game with a 10-hit attack in the 9th inning"

    Antonyms:
    defend

    Synonyms:
    attempt, approach, onrush, plan of attack, fire, blast, flak, onset, onslaught, tone-beginning, flack

  3. fire, attack, flak, flack, blast(noun)

    intense adverse criticism

    "Clinton directed his fire at the Republican Party"; "the government has come under attack"; "don't give me any flak"

    Antonyms:
    defend

    Synonyms:
    ardour, antiaircraft gun, flaming, fervour, ardor, flak, tone-beginning, antiaircraft, onslaught, attempt, blow, fervidness, flak catcher, bam, onset, flack catcher, flack, clap, flame, ack-ack gun, eruption, fire, gust, ack-ack, approach, firing, onrush, fervency, blast, bang, fervor, pom-pom, plan of attack, good time

  4. approach, attack, plan of attack(noun)

    ideas or actions intended to deal with a problem or situation

    "his approach to every problem is to draw up a list of pros and cons"; "an attack on inflation"; "his plan of attack was misguided"

    Antonyms:
    defend

    Synonyms:
    attempt, flak, onrush, coming, feeler, tone-beginning, approaching, blast, approach shot, onset, glide path, onslaught, glide slope, approach, approach path, advance, overture, access, plan of attack, flack, fire

  5. attack, attempt(noun)

    the act of attacking

    "attacks on women increased last year"; "they made an attempt on his life"

    Antonyms:
    defend

    Synonyms:
    attempt, approach, endeavor, onrush, try, plan of attack, fire, endeavour, blast, flak, effort, onset, onslaught, tone-beginning, flack

  6. attack, tone-beginning(noun)

    a decisive manner of beginning a musical tone or phrase

    Antonyms:
    defend

    Synonyms:
    attempt, approach, onrush, plan of attack, fire, blast, flak, onset, onslaught, tone-beginning, flack

  7. attack(noun)

    a sudden occurrence of an uncontrollable condition

    "an attack of diarrhea"

    Antonyms:
    defend

    Synonyms:
    attempt, approach, onrush, plan of attack, fire, blast, flak, onset, onslaught, tone-beginning, flack

  8. attack(noun)

    the onset of a corrosive or destructive process (as by a chemical agent)

    "the film was sensitive to attack by acids"; "open to attack by the elements"

    Antonyms:
    defend

    Synonyms:
    attempt, approach, onrush, plan of attack, fire, blast, flak, onset, onslaught, tone-beginning, flack

  9. attack(verb)

    strong criticism

    "he published an unexpected attack on my work"

    Antonyms:
    defend

    Synonyms:
    attempt, approach, onrush, plan of attack, fire, blast, flak, onset, onslaught, tone-beginning, flack

  10. attack, assail(verb)

    launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with

    "Hitler attacked Poland on September 1, 1939 and started World War II"; "Serbian forces assailed Bosnian towns all week"

    Antonyms:
    defend

    Synonyms:
    set on, assail, lash out, aggress, round, assault, snipe

  11. attack, round, assail, lash out, snipe, assault(verb)

    attack in speech or writing

    "The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker"

    Antonyms:
    defend

    Synonyms:
    ravish, round out, set on, polish up, rape, violate, round down, polish, snipe, lash out, outrage, assail, fill out, dishonor, round, assault, labialise, brush up, labialize, flesh out, aggress, dishonour, sharpshoot, round off

  12. attack, aggress(verb)

    take the initiative and go on the offensive

    "The Serbs attacked the village at night"; "The visiting team started to attack"

    Antonyms:
    defend

    Synonyms:
    set on, assail, lash out, aggress, round, assault, snipe

  13. assail, assault, set on, attack(verb)

    attack someone physically or emotionally

    "The mugger assaulted the woman"; "Nightmares assailed him regularly"

    Antonyms:
    defend

    Synonyms:
    violate, set on, assail, lash out, snipe, ravish, round, dishonour, outrage, assault, rape, dishonor, aggress

  14. attack(verb)

    set to work upon; turn one's energies vigorously to a task

    "I attacked the problem as soon as I got out of bed"

    Antonyms:
    defend

    Synonyms:
    set on, round, lash out, assail, snipe, aggress, assault

  15. attack(verb)

    begin to injure

    "The cancer cells are attacking his liver"; "Rust is attacking the metal"

    Antonyms:
    defend

    Synonyms:
    set on, round, lash out, assail, snipe, aggress, assault

Wiktionary

  1. attack(noun)

    Synonyms:
    spike, hit

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. attack(v)

    To attack is to begin hostilities of any kind. A general invades a country by marching in troops; he attacks a city by drawing up an army against it; he assaults it by hurling his troops directly upon its defenses. Assail and assault, tho of the same original etymology, have diverged in meaning, so that assault alone retains the meaning of direct personal violence. One may assail another with reproaches; he assaults him with a blow, a brandished weapon, etc. Armies or squadrons charge; combat and encounter may be said of individual contests. To beset is to set around, or, so to speak, to stud one's path, with menaces, attacks, or persuasions. To besiege and beleaguer are the acts of armies. To encounter is to meet face to face, and may be said either of the attacking or of the resisting force or person, or of both.

    Antonyms:
    aid, befriend, cover, defend, protect, resist, shelter, shield, support, sustain, uphold, withstand

    Synonyms:
    assail, assault, beleaguer, beset, besiege, charge, combat, encounter, fall upon, invade, set upon, storm

    Preposition:
    We were attacked by the enemy with cannon and musketry.

  2. attack(n)

    An attack may be by word; an aggression is always by deed. An assault may be upon the person, an aggression is upon rights, possessions, etc. An invasion of a nation's territories is an act of aggression; an intrusion upon a neighboring estate is a trespass. Onslaught signifies intensely violent assault, as by an army or a desperado, tho it is sometimes used of violent speech.

    Antonyms:
    defense, repulsion, resistance, retreat, submission, surrender

    Synonyms:
    aggression, assault, encroachment, incursion, infringement, intrusion, invasion, onset, onslaught, trespass

    Preposition:
    The enemy made an attack upon (or on) our works.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. attack(v)

    Antonyms:
    defend, resist, repel, protest, withstand oil one's own part, or for another, support, aid, shield, uphold, vindicate, shelter

    Synonyms:
    assail, assault, invade, encounter, charge, besiege, impugn, contravene

  2. attack(n)

    Antonyms:
    defense, resistance, repulse, protection, aid, vindication, support, maintenance, shelter

    Synonyms:
    invasion, assault, onset, aggression, onslaught

Editors Contribution

  1. defense

    an offensive against an enemy

    the uss constitution was nicknamed "old ironsides" after its oaken hull successfully withstood a british attack.

    Submitted by davidb on July 25, 2018

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