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Synonyms of attack in English:


  • 1 Christopher had been brutally attacked
    assault, beat, beat up, batter, thrash, pound, pummel, assail, set upon, fall upon, set about, strike at, let fly at, tear into, lash out at, aggress;
    ambush, mug, pounce on
    informaljump, paste, do over, work over, knock about/around, rough up, lay into, lace into, sail into, pitch into, get stuck into, beat the living daylights out of, let someone have it
    British informalhave a go at, duff someone up
    North American informalbeat up on, light into
  • 2 by eight o'clock the French had still not attacked
    begin an assault, charge, pounce, strike, begin hostilities, ambush;
    bombard, shell, blitz, strafe, fire on/at;
    rush, storm
    [Antonyms] defend
  • 3 the clergy have consistently attacked government policies
    criticize, censure, condemn, castigate, chastise, lambaste, pillory, savage, find fault with, fulminate against, abuse;
    informalknock, slam, take to pieces, pull apart, crucify, bash, hammer, lay into, tear into, sail into, roast, give someone a roasting, cane, blast, bawl out, dress down, rap over the knuckles, have a go at, give someone hell
    North American informalchew out, ream out, pummel, cut up
    Australian/New Zealand informalbag
    British vulgar slangbollock, give someone a bollocking
    [Antonyms] praise
  • 4 they have started to attack the problem of threatened species
    attend to, address, see to, deal with, grapple with, confront, direct one's attention to, focus on, concentrate on, apply oneself to;
    buckle down to, get to work on, go to work on, set to work on, set about, get started on, undertake, embark on
    informalget stuck into, get cracking on, get weaving on, have a crack at, have a go at, have a shot at, have a stab at
  • 5 the virus attacks the liver, heart, and lungs
    affect, have an effect on, strike, strike at, take hold of, infect;
    damage, injure
    [Antonyms] protect
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  • 1 they were killed in an attack on their home
    act of aggression
  • 2 she wrote a ferociously hostile attack on him
    condemnation, denunciation, revilement;
    invective, vilification;
    tirade, diatribe, rant, polemic, broadside, harangue, verbal onslaught, stricture
    informalknocking, telling-off, dressing-down, rap over the knuckles, earful, roasting, rollicking, caning
    British informalrocket, wigging, slating, ticking off, carpeting, bashing, blast
    British vulgar slangbollocking
    [Antonyms] commendation, defence
  • 3 she had suffered an acute asthmatic attack
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