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Definitions of attack

  1. take the initiative and go on the offensive; " The Serbs attacked the village at night"; " The visiting team started to attack"
  2. 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"
  3. attack someone physically or emotionally; " The mugger assaulted the woman"; " Nightmares assailed him regularly"
  4. used in an attack; " assault weapons", " attack planes"
  5. a decisive manner of beginning a musical tone or phrase
  6. an offensive move in a sport or game; " they won the game with a 10- hit attack in the 9th inning"
  7. the act of attacking; " attacks on women increased last year"; " they made an attempt on his life"
  8. an offensive against and enemy ( using weapons); " the attack began at dawn"
  9. strong criticism; " he published an unexpected attack on my work"
  10. intense adverse criticism; " Clinton directed his fire at the Republican Party"; " the government has come under attack"; " don't give me any flak"
  11. 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"
  12. a sudden occurrence of an uncontrollable condition; " an attack of diarrhea"
  13. set to work upon; turn one's energies vigorously to a task; " I attacked the problem as soon as I got out of bed"
  14. ( military) an offensive against an enemy ( using weapons); " the attack began at dawn"
  15. begin to injure; " The cancer cells are attacking his liver"; " Rust is attacking the metal"
  16. attack in speech or writing; " The editors of the left- leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker"
  17. 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"
  18. To fall upon with force; to assail, as with force and arms; to assault.
  19. 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.
  20. To set to work upon, as upon a task or problem, or some object of labor or investigation.
  21. To begin to affect; to begin to act upon, injuriously or destructively; to begin to decompose or waste.
  22. To make an onset or attack.
  23. An assault upon one's feelings or reputation with unfriendly or bitter words.
  24. A setting to work upon some task, etc.
  25. An access of disease; a fit of sickness.
  26. The beginning of corrosive, decomposing, or destructive action, by a chemical agent.
  27. The act of attacking, or falling on with force or violence; an onset; an assault; - opposed to defense.
  28. To assault; fall upon with force; assail with intent to overcome, or to damage, discredit, or bring into ridicule; begin to affect or act upon, as disease.
  29. To make an onset.
  30. The act of assailing; a battle; a seizure by illness.
  31. To make an attack.
  32. To fall upon violently: to assault: to assail with unfriendly words or writing.
  33. An assault or onset: severe criticism or calumny.
  34. To assail.
  35. To begin battle or conflict with; assail; assault; make an onset; criticize; censure.
  36. To start vigorously on ( a task).
  37. To act upon vigorously, as acid upon metal.
  38. The act of attacking; an onset; an attacking force; a seizure, as by disease.
  39. The act of attacking, or assault; falling on with violence; abuse, injury, or disease. See Attach.
  40. To fall upon with violence; to assault; to assail, so as to discredit and damage; to assail harmfully.
  41. To fall upon with force or violence; to assault; to assail in words.
  42. A falling upon with violence; satire; unfriendly criticism.
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Quotes of attack

  1. When I'm forced by circumstances to be in a crowd of prisoners, it's all I can do to refrain from attack – Jack Henry Abbott
  2. If you attack the establishment long enough and hard enough, they will make you a member of it. – Art Buchwald
  3. Attack is only one half of the art of boxing. – Georges Carpentier
  4. A man who says that no patriot should attack the war until it is over... is saying no good son should warn his mother of a cliff until she has fallen. – Gilbert K. Chesterton
  5. But I do think it's unwise, and it- to build a mosque at the site where 3, 000 Americans lost their lives as a result of a terrorist attack And I think to me it demonstrates that the- that Washington, the White House, the administration, the President himself seems to be disconnected from the mainstream of America. – John Cornyn
  6. If the Bush Administration cannot ensure Americans that they will be safe from the flu, how will they protect our country against a possible bio -terror or chemical attack The American people deserve better. – Jon Corzine
  7. Finally Germany's attack on Russia seemed to confirm that Russia was not shirking and was prepared to carry out a foreign policy with the risk of war with Germany. – Klaus Fuchs
  8. If the September 11 terror attack is supposed to constitute a caesura in world history, it must be able to stand comparison to other events of world historical impact. – Jurgen Habermas
  9. Since September 11, the U. S. has significantly improved its security to prevent another attack – Timothy Murphy
  10. These terrorists aren't trying to kill us because we offended them. They attack us because they want to impose their view of the world on as many people as they can, and America is standing in their way. – Marco Rubio
  11. This is a soul under perpetual migraine attack – Richard Schickel
  12. You are attached to what you attack – Robert Shea
  13. Those are the things that, in the wrong hands- and certainly in our war on terrorism we also must attack proliferation and those nations that proliferate with chemical, biological and nuclear type devices, because that can cause the most catastrophic results. – Hugh Shelton
  14. Democrats' attack on the Republican majority leader is nothing but a coordinated agenda to stop an effective leader from accomplishing the people's business. – Bill Shuster
  15. As far as I know, the most conservative estimates of the number of Americans who would be killed in a major nuclear attack with everything working as well as can be hoped and all foreseeable precautions taken, run to about fifty million. – George Wald

Usage examples for attack

  1. Must you then attack him like a mad dog? – The Man Upstairs and Other Stories by P. G. Wodehouse
  2. I imagine that they would like nothing better than for you to get away back to Villeroy, since it would give them an excuse for an attack on the castle." – At Agincourt by G. A. Henty
  3. Yet he went on getting ready to attack the British in New York. – Stories of Great Americans for Little Americans by Edward Eggleston
  4. " I want it to attack us," replied the doctor calmly. – Astounding Stories of Super-Science, December 1930 by Various
  5. Yet this was not the attack – London to Ladysmith via Pretoria by Winston Spencer Churchill
  6. And then came the attack – The White Invaders by Raymond King Cummings
  7. He means to go the limit, hoping to get by with it because you made the first attack – Joan of Arc of the North Woods by Holman Day
  8. The attack at Inchy was, unfortunately, a failure. – The Story of the "9th King's" in France by Enos Herbert Glynne Roberts
  9. Shalmaneser himself, towards the end of his life, was no longer in a position to attack others. – Early Israel and the Surrounding Nations by Archibald Sayce
  10. We have seen from which side the attack came. – Boer Politics by Yves Guyot
  11. That the Athenians are coming to attack us, and are already upon the voyage, and all but here- this is what I am sure of." – The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides
  12. Will they attack live creatures? – Adventures of a Young Naturalist by Lucien Biart
  13. It was as much a fit as any other attack – The Short Works of George Meredith by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  14. Let us hope the attack may not return." – The Saint by Antonio Fogazzaro Commentator: William Roscoe Thayer
  15. Suddenly she broke out in a new attack or a new line of the general attack – The King's Mirror by Anthony Hope
  16. Let all be ready for the coming attack – The Invasion of France in 1814 by Émile Erckmann Alexandre Chatrian
  17. Is it an attack on this place? – Ailsa Paige by Robert W. Chambers
  18. You should have done that when he made the attack on me. – The Extraordinary Adventures of Arsene Lupin, Gentleman-Burglar by Maurice Leblanc
  19. The new attack was quite different. – Definitions by Henry Seidel Canby
  20. " I don't know that I have any to send back," she answered; and then she escaped before Mr. Camperdown was able to arrange any further attack – The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Rhymes for attack

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