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Synonyms for attack

This thesaurus page is about all possible synonyms, equivalent, same meaning and similar 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"

    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"

    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"

    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"

    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"

    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

    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"

    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"

    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"

    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"

    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"

    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"

    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"

    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"

    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"

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



  1. attack(noun)

    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.

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

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

    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.

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

    defense, repulsion, resistance, retreat, submission, surrender

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. attack(n)

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

  2. attack(v)

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

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How to use attack in a sentence?

  1. Marco Rubio:

    The time will come to debate U.S. policy. Tonight American allied troops have come under direct attack by a nation-state Americans must come together to support protect them respond appropriately.

  2. Sergei Ryabkov:

    If the United States rejects this proposal, the natural conclusionthat we draw is that they headed for the creation of attack systems fordeployment in outer space. There is no other logical conclusion fromthis position of their denial, we, by the way, have manyreasons to be concerned about the activities that the US is conductingin outer space, about their plans, including plans to deploy elementsof an anti-ballistic missile system in space.

  3. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Attack work! Even the toughest work will start running away! Attack the difficulties! This is the Golden Rule of every kind of victory.

  4. Jim Melville:

    For the President to say the EU was' set up to take advantage of the United States, to attack our piggy bank,' or that' NATO is as bad as NAFTA' is not only factually wrong, but proves to me that it's time to go.

  5. Another Republican contender:

    The government exists to ensure our domestic security — whether it's from a city riot, or the threat of a terrorist attack on our homeland. We have to restore that trust and prove to the people we can make America safe again.

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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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