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1 attack

military An offensive against an enemy (using weapons):
— The attack began at dawn.

synonyms: onrush, onset, onslaught.

Roget 655: disease; illness, sickness etc. adj.; ailing &c.; all the ills that flesh is heir to" [Hamlet]; morbidity, morbosity; infirmity, ailment, indisposition; ... show more

Roget 716: attack; assault, assault and battery; onset, onslaught, charge.    aggression, offense; incursion, inroad, invasion; irruption; outbreak; estrapade, ... show more

Dutch: aanval
Polish: zaatakowanie, natarcie, najechanie, uderzenie, naparcie

2 attack

An offensive move in a sport or game.

Polish: akcja, atak, natarcie, ofensywa

3 attack

Intense adverse criticism:
— The government has come under attack.

synonyms: blast, fire, flack, flak.

Dutch: afbrekende kritiek

4 attack

Ideas or actions intended to deal with a problem or situation:
— An attack on inflation.
— His plan of attack was misguided.

synonyms: approach, plan of attack.

Dutch: aanval, approach, benadering, benaderingswijze

5 attack

The act of attacking:
— Attacks on women increased last year.

synonym: attempt.

Dutch: aanval, aanslag, attentaat
Polish: napad, napaść

6 attack

A decisive manner of beginning a musical tone or phrase.

synonym: tone-beginning.

7 attack

A sudden occurrence of an uncontrollable condition.

Polish: zaatakowanie

8 attack

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

9 attack

Strong criticism.

Dutch: uithaal


1 attack

Launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with:
— Hitler attacked Poland on September 1, 1939 and started World War II.

synonym: assail.

Roget 934: detract, derogate, decry, deprecate, depreciate, disparage; run down, cry down; backcap [U.S.]; belittle; sneer at etc. (contempt) 930; ... show more

2 attack

Attack in speech or writing:
— The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker.

synonyms: assail, assault, lash out, round, snipe.

Dutch: aanvallen

3 attack

Take the initiative and go on the offensive:
— The Serbs attacked the village at night.
— The visiting team started to attack.

synonym: aggress.

4 attack

Attack someone physically or emotionally.

synonyms: assail, assault, set on.

Roget 716: attack, assault, assail; invade; set upon, fall upon; charge, impugn, break a lance with, enter the lists.    assume the offensive, take the offensive; be the aggressor, become the aggressor; ... show more

Dutch: attaque, aanval, aanvallen, attaqueren, molesteren, storten

5 attack

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

6 attack

Begin to injure.

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