Thesaurus for attack
- onslaught, onset, onrush, fire, flak, flack, blast, approach, plan of attack, attempt, tone-beginning, affliction, beginning, commencement, conceptualisation, conceptualization, crime, criticism, degeneration, devolution, formulation, law-breaking, military operation, operation, play, start, turn, unfavorable judgment
Pronunciation of attack: AH0 T AE1 K (ə'tæk)
Number of syllables of attack: 2
Pronunciation Video of attack
Definition of attack
- (n): a decisive manner of beginning a musical tone or phrase
- (n): an offensive move in a sport or game; "they won the game with a 10-hit attack in the 9th inning"
- (n): the act of attacking; "attacks on women increased last year"; "they made an attempt on his life"
- (n): 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"
- (n): (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons); "the attack began at dawn"
- (n): strong criticism; "he published an unexpected attack on my work"
- (n): intense adverse criticism; "Clinton directed his fire at the Republican Party"; "the government has come under attack"; "don''t give me any flak"
- (n): 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"
- (n): a sudden occurrence of an uncontrollable condition; "an attack of diarrhea"
- (v): begin to injure; "The cancer cells are attacking his liver"; "Rust is attacking the metal"
- (v): set to work upon; turn one''s energies vigorously to a task; "I attacked the problem as soon as I got out of bed"
- (v): attack in speech or writing; "The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker"
- (v): take the initiative and go on the offensive; "The Serbs attacked the village at night"; "The visiting team started to attack"
- (v): 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"
- (v): attack someone physically or emotionally; "The mugger assaulted the woman"; "Nightmares assailed him regularly"
Examples of attack
- The antibodies attack the harmful viruses.
- This unprovoked attack surprised the Quraysh.
- The attack destroyed the building.
- Thrakhath's forces attack the Behemoth.
- The child survived the vicious attack.
- The attack was completely unprovoked.
- The murderers escaped after the attack.
- The devil is invulnerable to attack.
- The sheer violence of the Confederate attack sent the Union forces reeling.
- The attack was not spurious.