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Synonyms for attack
əˈtækat·tack

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Wiktionary1.0 / 1 vote

  1. attacknoun

    Synonyms:
    hit, spike

English Synonyms and Antonyms4.0 / 2 votes

  1. attackverb

    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.

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

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

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

  2. attacknoun

    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.

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

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

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

Princeton's WordNet4.0 / 1 vote

  1. attack, onslaught, onset, onrushnoun

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

    "the attack began at dawn"

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

    Antonyms:
    defend

  2. attacknoun

    an offensive move in a sport or game

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

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

    Antonyms:
    defend

  3. 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"

    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

    Antonyms:
    defend

  4. 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"

    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

    Antonyms:
    defend

  5. attack, attemptnoun

    the act of attacking

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

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

    Antonyms:
    defend

  6. attack, tone-beginningnoun

    a decisive manner of beginning a musical tone or phrase

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

    Antonyms:
    defend

  7. attacknoun

    a sudden occurrence of an uncontrollable condition

    "an attack of diarrhea"

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

    Antonyms:
    defend

  8. attacknoun

    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"

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

    Antonyms:
    defend

  9. attackverb

    strong criticism

    "he published an unexpected attack on my work"

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

    Antonyms:
    defend

  10. attack, assailverb

    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"

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

    Antonyms:
    defend

  11. attack, round, assail, lash out, snipe, assaultverb

    attack in speech or writing

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

    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

    Antonyms:
    defend

  12. attack, aggressverb

    take the initiative and go on the offensive

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

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

    Antonyms:
    defend

  13. assail, assault, set on, attackverb

    attack someone physically or emotionally

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

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

    Antonyms:
    defend

  14. attackverb

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

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

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

    Antonyms:
    defend

  15. attackverb

    begin to injure

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

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

    Antonyms:
    defend

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words0.0 / 0 votes

  1. attacknoun

    Synonyms:
    assault, onset, aggression, onslaught, invasion, escalade, siege, descent, charge, bombardment, fusillade, allonge, oppugnancy, access, fit

  2. attackverb

    Synonyms:
    assault, assail, invade, charge, beset, storm, besiege, bombard, waylay, impugn, censure

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How to use attack in a sentence?

  1. Lynda Misra:

    Each surge has brought different challenges, we felt very strong that we had this disease under attack, but then we get thrown a curveball.

  2. Judge Mario Carroza:

    Six of the accused will be charged as leaders of the attack and one as an accomplice.

  3. Robert Ashley:

    China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is developing and fielding numerous advanced, long-range land-attack and anti-ship cruise missiles, some capable of reaching supersonic speeds, operated from ground, air, ship, and submarine platforms.

  4. Pope Francis:

    Especially in these days, may he sustain the efforts of all those actively engaged in bringing comfort and relief to the civil population in Syria, prey to a war that continues to sow horror and death. And yesterday, the latest despicable attack on refugees which caused a number of deaths and injuries.

  5. Philippe Waechter:

    The specificity of the Nice attack is that such a tragic event can now happen in any region and is no longer specific to Paris, the impact on France's image will probably be key. Non-residents may come to see it as a risky country.


Translations for attack

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  • aanvalAfrikaans
  • حملة, هجوم, هاجمArabic
  • həmlə, hücumAzerbaijani
  • нападзе́нне, атакава́ць, напа́д, напада́ць, напа́сціBelarusian
  • нападам, нападение, настъпление, нападе́ние, атака, атакувам, нахвърлям се, пристъпBulgarian
  • argadennBreton
  • 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
  • हमलाHindi
  • támadásHungarian
  • serang, serbuIndonesian
  • attaccoItalian
  • 攻撃Japanese
  • თავდასხმა, შეტევა, იერიშიGeorgian
  • 공격하다, 攻擊, 공격Korean
  • په‌له‌مار, êrîş, تێبه‌ربوونKurdish
  • атака кылуу, качырып кирүү, зыян, таасир, чабуул, таасирлөө, качыруу, чабуул жасоо, кол салуу, асылууKyrgyz
  • pugnaLatin
  • 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
  • útokSlovak
  • 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
  • حملہUrdu
  • công kích, 攻撃Vietnamese
  • tatak, tatakönVolapük
  • 攻擊Chinese

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