Synonyms for attack
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English Synonyms and Antonyms
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.
We were attacked by the enemy with cannon and musketry.
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.
The enemy made an attack upon (or on) our works.
Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms
attack, onslaught, onset, onrushnoun
(military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons)
"the attack began at dawn"
an offensive move in a sport or game
"they won the game with a 10-hit attack in the 9th inning"
fire, attack, flak, flack, blastnoun
intense adverse criticism
"Clinton directed his fire at the Republican Party"; "the government has come under attack"; "don't give me any flak"
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
approach, attack, plan of attacknoun
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"
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
the act of attacking
"attacks on women increased last year"; "they made an attempt on his life"
a decisive manner of beginning a musical tone or phrase
a sudden occurrence of an uncontrollable condition
"an attack of diarrhea"
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"
"he published an unexpected attack on my work"
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"
attack, round, assail, lash out, snipe, assaultverb
attack in speech or writing
"The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker"
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
take the initiative and go on the offensive
"The Serbs attacked the village at night"; "The visiting team started to attack"
assail, assault, set on, attackverb
attack someone physically or emotionally
"The mugger assaulted the woman"; "Nightmares assailed him regularly"
set to work upon; turn one's energies vigorously to a task
"I attacked the problem as soon as I got out of bed"
begin to injure
"The cancer cells are attacking his liver"; "Rust is attacking the metal"
Dictionary of English Synonymes
assail, assault, STORM, encounter, invade, charge, engage, oppugn, TACKLE, have at, set upon, fly at, run at, make a run at, rush upon, spring upon, have a fling at, have a cut at, bear down upon, make aggression on, ride full tilt against, PITCH INTO
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There are further risks remaining for an attack on gold prices. but we are entering into a three-to-five year bull market.
The primary reason for this is likely to have been their proximity to danger, the Westgate attack, whilst highly lethal, given the 67 fatalities, largely unfolded behind barriers erected by the police and army.
The blast was felt by officers 10-15 meters (32-49 foot) away -- this was not a casual act, the attack required planning and the attack place was chosen. They waited until officers exited their vehicles (to set off the bomb).
We did not accept the original travel warning, there’s no evidence about a sonic or any attack.
The president bears responsibility for Wednesday's attack on Congress by mob rioters, president Biden should have immediately denounced the mob when President Biden saw what was unfolding.
Translations for attack
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- حملة, هجوم, هاجمArabic
- həmlə, hücumAzerbaijani
- нападзе́нне, атакава́ць, напа́д, напада́ць, напа́сціBelarusian
- нападам, нападение, настъпление, нападе́ние, атака, атакувам, нахвърлям се, пристъпBulgarian
- atacar, atacCatalan, Valencian
- útok, útočitCzech
- angribe, overfalde, angrebDanish
- Angriff, angreifen, attackieren, Attacke, AnfallGerman
- επιτίθεμαι, προσβολή, κρίση, επίθεση, ανάκρουση, έφοδος, καταπιάνομαιGreek
- ataki, agresi, atakoEsperanto
- ataque, atacarSpanish
- kallaletung, ründama, halvustama, rünnak, haigushoogEstonian
- eraso, erasoaldiBasque
- حمله, یورشPersian
- hyökätä, hyökkäys, iskulyönti, käydä kimppuun, kohtaus, käydä käsiksi, hyökkääjäFinnish
- attaquer, attaqueFrench
- oanfalle, oanfalWestern Frisian
- ionsaigh, ionsaíIrish
- ionnsaigh, thoir ionnsaighScottish Gaelic
- הִתְקִיף, הַתְקָפָהHebrew
- serang, serbuIndonesian
- თავდასხმა, შეტევა, იერიშიGeorgian
- 공격하다, 攻擊, 공격Korean
- پهلهمار, êrîş, تێبهربوونKurdish
- атака кылуу, качырып кирүү, зыян, таасир, чабуул, таасирлөө, качыруу, чабуул жасоо, кол салуу, асылууKyrgyz
- pulti, atakuotiLithuanian
- uzbrukums, uzbruktLatvian
- kōkiri, upokotaua, huaki, whakatokeMāori
- ആക്രമിക്കുക, ആക്രമണംMalayalam
- serangan, serangMalay
- aanval, aanvallen, aanvalszijdeDutch
- atak, napad, atakować, napadać, napaśćPolish
- ataque, atacar, investidaPortuguese
- atac, atacaRomanian
- ата́ка, нападе́ние, уда́р, при́ступ, напада́ть, напа́сть, критикова́ть, атакова́ть, припа́док, штурмRussian
- napad, napasti, napadati, напад, нападати, напастиSerbo-Croatian
- napasti, napadSlovene
- anfalla, attack, attackera, anfall, angripaSwedish
- దాడి చేయు, దాడి, దండెత్తుTelugu
- ҳамла, ҳуҷумTajik
- การโจมตี, โจมตีThai
- hücûm, saldırı, hamle, taarruz, saldırmakTurkish
- на́пад, напада́ти, напа́сти, ата́ка, атакува́тиUkrainian
- công kích, 攻撃Vietnamese
- tatak, tatakönVolapük
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