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Definition of attack:

  1. A setting to work upon some task, etc.
  2. An access of disease; a fit of sickness.
  3. An assault upon one's feelings or reputation with unfriendly or bitter words.
  4. The act of attacking, or falling on with force or violence; an onset; an assault; - opposed to defense.
  5. The beginning of corrosive, decomposing, or destructive action, by a chemical agent.
  6. To assail with unfriendly speech or writing; to begin a controversy with; to attempt to overthrow or bring into disrepute, by criticism or satire; to censure; as, to attack a man, or his opinions, in a pamphlet.
  7. To begin to affect; to begin to act upon, injuriously or destructively; to begin to decompose or waste.
  8. To fall upon with force; to assail, as with force and arms; to assault.
  9. To make an onset or attack.
  10. To set to work upon, as upon a task or problem, or some object of labor or investigation.

Synonyms:

turn, fervour, take up, assailment, round, blitzkrieg, cushion, slander, ravish, round off, approach, castigate, salvo, polish, chalk something up, flak catcher, go at, inroad, stain, fall upon, plan of attack, round down, bury, try, diatribe, bout, the Blitz, take over, fire, fervidness, initiative, antiaircraft gun, flaming, come at, hurt, advance, swoop, flack catcher, get around to, go to, snipe, pounding, flack, pom-pom, fit, withdrawal, endeavor, tone-beginning, offensive, flame, all, blame, set on, have at, strike at, work, fervency, shooting, ambush, bayonet, remonstrance, quibble, glide slope, harm, reproach, mark, case, start, attempt, fervor, retreat, assail, rush, episode, onrush, flak, besiege, tear someone/something to pieces/shreds, lash out, bam, set about, irruption, tanning, fusillade, encroachment, round out, set upon, sally, outpouring, aggress, air strike, antiaircraft, get down to, counterattack, pitch into, beset, bombing, dive in, flesh out, carve up, overture, take its toll, blow, labialize, censure, ack-ack gun, breakout, libel, assist, deadlock, relapse, spurt, sail in, dishonor, trespass, flare-up, clap, mar, polish up, flash, good time, carpet-bomb, injure, fill out, sharpshoot, blast, criticism, ack-ack, denunciation, bomb out, firing, effort, push, encounter, glide path, go for, start on, cannonade, talking-to, fly at, aggregate, assault, damn, air raid, eruption, intervention, sail into, fall on, surge, damage, blitz, outburst, tell off, feeler, ardor, flush, oncoming, tear apart, dishonour, mug, impulse, beleaguer, wade in, gust, coup de main, labialise, seizure, light into, twinge, spoil, bomb, ardour, harangue, descent, take/bring/hold someone to task, endeavour, spell, access, brush up, onset, approach shot, detonate, bang, crime, onslaught, lecture, tackle, approaching, intrusion, begin, disfigure, approach path, coming, concede.

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