Attack synonyms

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A strong or cutting verbal attack.
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An overwhelming outpouring:
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A sudden forward movement or plunge.
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A perfectly thrown ball:
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A hostile act or military attack:
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A forward rush or flow.
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Expense; cost:
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A trip or journey in a vehicle:
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Attitude or position of attack
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Offensive tactical action
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An insurrection or riot
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Offensive tactical action
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The act by which something is stormed.
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Offensive tactical action
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To fight offensively; used of an army
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The strategy, plays, etc. used in attempting to score against an opposing team
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An attack; assault
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Using, containing, or marked by harshly critical or irate language.
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A sudden, hostile attack, esp. by troops, military aircraft, etc., or by armed, usually mounted, bandits intent on looting
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A thing to be pushed so as to work a mechanism
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Offensive tactical action
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A vigorous or abusive attack in words, esp. in a newspaper
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The bullets, arrows, etc. discharged in this way
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The act or an instance of shooting a gun, specif., one that results in wounding or killing
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A heavy, prolonged attack of words, blows, etc.
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Offensive tactical action
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A simultaneous or rapid and continuous discharge of many firearms
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A continuous firing of artillery
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The encirclement of a fortified place by an opposing armed force intending to take it, usually by blockade and bombardment
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Fuel for a fire
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The transgression of a moral or social law, code, or duty.
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Any blocking action designed to isolate another nation and cut off communication and commerce with it
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Boards collectively; light timber
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Offensive tactical action
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Offensive tactical action
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The right of a group of citizens to introduce a matter for legislation either to the legislature or directly to the voters
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The act of invading, especially the entrance of an armed force into a territory to conquer.
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A running in or coming in, esp. when undesired; inroad
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Offensive tactical action
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The rock mass produced by an intrusive process.
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The systematic process of assessment and planning employed to remediate or prevent a social, educational, or developmental problem:
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Offensive tactical action
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A hostile invasion; a raid.
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(Law) An unlawful diminution of the possessions of another.
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A return attack.
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The first document or pleading filed in an admiralty action, which is now called a complaint.
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Such a spoken statement
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The act or an instance of denouncing, especially a public condemnation or censure.
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An expression of strong disapproval or harsh criticism.
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The act of one who seizes, or an instance of this
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The manner in which clothing fits:
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A contest between antagonists; a match:
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The act or an instance of relapsing
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A quick violent robbery of a person, usually in a public place.
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To crowd into; throng
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To travel around (a place) vigorously in an attempt to gain support:
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To move against another, as when attacking:
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To cover or set thickly with; stud
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(Figuratively) To beleaguer, lay siege to, beset.
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To pass, or cause (a fluid, cell, etc.) to pass, through small gaps or openings; filter
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To fight offensively; used of an army
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To attack with arguments, questions, doubts, etc.
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To form a circle around; surround:
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To fight offensively; used of an army
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To fight offensively; used of an army
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To fight offensively; used of an army
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To fight offensively; used of an army
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To fight offensively; used of an army
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To fight offensively; used of an army
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To hide in ambush
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To fight offensively; used of an army
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To fight offensively; used of an army
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To fight offensively; used of an army
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To direct a stream of particles at (atomic nuclei) to produce nuclear transmutations
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(Slang) To paint a graffito.
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To fall on; to experience; to suffer.
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To fight offensively; used of an army
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To fight offensively; used of an army
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To spread out into the shape of a fan
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To fight offensively; used of an army
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To fight offensively; used of an army
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To fight offensively; used of an army
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To approach someone in a very determined way.
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To fight offensively; used of an army
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To fight offensively; used of an army
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To fight offensively; used of an army
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To fight offensively; used of an army
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To fight offensively; used of an army
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To attack (ground troops, for example) with a machine gun or cannon from a low-flying aircraft.
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To interrupt the course or progress of:
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To start a quarrel or be the first to attack
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To interlock or cause to interlock; mesh:
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To fight offensively; used of an army
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To fight offensively; used of an army
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To destroy decisively; wreck:
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To remove the stone from (a peach, cherry, etc.)
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To fight offensively; used of an army
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To fight or struggle against; oppose, resist, or seek to get rid of
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To fight offensively; used of an army
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To fight offensively; used of an army
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To fight offensively; used of an army
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To fight offensively; used of an army
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To fight offensively; used of an army
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To fight offensively; used of an army
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To do, make, or cause to move, go, or act, with unusual or excessive speed or haste; hurry
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To fight offensively; used of an army
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To rake with gunfire.
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To prod, stab, or kill with this weapon.
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To hit, injure, or kill with a saber.
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To make a thrusting or poking motion at or into:
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To rush or hurry
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To carry out a blitz.
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To fight offensively; used of an army
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To fight offensively; used of an army
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To shower or pelt with many small objects
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To gather or move with or as if with a rake:
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To fight offensively; used of an army
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To fight offensively; used of an army
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To fight offensively; used of an army
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To fight offensively; used of an army
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To fight offensively; used of an army
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To fight offensively; used of an army
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To assault; used of an individual
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To persuade or tempt to evil or wrongdoing; lead astray
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To treat improperly; abuse or spoil.
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(Baseball) To hit (a ball) with a quick short swing.
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(Football) To kick the ball
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To strike about in or hunt through underbrush, woods, etc. for game
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To attack:
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To affect deeply in mind or emotion:
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To steal (a child)
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To use (a firearm) as a club by holding the barrel and hitting with the butt end.
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To assault; used of an individual
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To assault; used of an individual
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To assault; used of an individual
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To assault; used of an individual
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To obstruct (a player with the ball) in order to cause loss of possession of the ball.
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To assault; used of an individual
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To assault; used of an individual
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To assault; used of an individual
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To assault; used of an individual
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(Idiomatic) To join together in a group in order to overpower someone else.
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To assault; used of an individual
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(Idiomatic) To exert an unrestrained, aggressive effort, especially by assailing an opponent's or victim's area of greatest vulnerability.
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(Slang) To photograph; esp., to photograph (a person under arrest) for police records
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To cause to leap:
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To assail with scornful or abusive language; vituperate.
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To accuse publicly; inform against
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To evaluate (something), and judge its merits and faults
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To assail (someone) from an unseen or unexpected direction
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To implement, to employ, to put into use.
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To proceed vigorously
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(Intransitive, idiomatic) To begin working.
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To proceed vigorously
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To pledge or commit oneself (to do something):
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To proceed vigorously
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To proceed vigorously
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(Idiomatic) To put forth the needed effort; to focus; become serious; apply oneself (e.g. to work or study).
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To proceed vigorously
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To proceed vigorously
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To proceed vigorously
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Tending to denounce.
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Inveighing; using, inclined to use, or characterized by strong verbal abuse
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Of, pertaining to, causing or accompanied by paroxysms
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Bitterly denunciatory; harshly critical:
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Tending to overwhelm or destroy; devastating:
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The ability or right to approach, enter, exit, communicate with, or make use of:
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An ambush.
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A sudden appropriation of leadership or power; a takeover:
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A sudden action undertaken to surprise an enemy.
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A bitter, abusive denunciation.
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The act of scaling or climbing the walls of a fortified place by ladders
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A sudden attack or raid into enemy territory, as to seize something or to plunder
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A sudden outburst of emotion or action:
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Any of the orations of Cicero against Antony in 44 bc .
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An argument or controversial discussion
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Injury done, or the doing of injury, in return for injury received; retaliation or an act of retaliation, specif. in war, as the killing of prisoners
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Violent response to an act of harm or perceived injustice.
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Any sudden start into activity
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A discharge of a number of pieces of artillery or small arms, in regular succession or at the same time, either as a salute or, esp. in naval battles, as a broadside
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A flight of a combat aircraft on a mission.
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A long angry speech, usually of a censorious or denunciatory nature; a diatribe.
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Sustained, harshly critical language; invective.
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To judicially or publicly charge one with a criminal offense.
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(Archaic) To frighten
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To examine by trial or experiment; put to a test:
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(Informal) To criticize (another) harshly, accusatorially, and threateningly:
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To take part in a battle; fight
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To have as a first element or part:
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To punish or rebuke severely.
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To come into conflict; disagree sharply
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To strive in competition, as in a race; vie:
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To damage (someone's reputation, for example) severely.
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To oppose physically or in battle, as with fists, weapons, etc.
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To become worn away or tattered along the edges.
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To attack as false or questionable; challenge in argument:
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To treat with gross insensitivity, insolence, or contemptuous rudeness.
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To give vent to angry disapproval; protest vehemently.
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To make imperfect or defective; impair:
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To oppose with argument; criticize adversely; call in question
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To take part in a skirmish
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To ruin completely; defeat utterly; wreck
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(Rowing) To set the rate of rowing for (a crew) or for the crew of (a boat)
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To force one's way (into, through, etc.)
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To cause to have emotional or mental problems that interfere with social functioning:
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To be in a state of hostility or contention; contend; strive
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To experience; to suffer; to fall upon.
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To set upon with violent force
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To start work on vigorously
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To interrupt someone, or a situation, by doing or saying something abruptly, or forcefully, and usually without thinking about the consequences.
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The intentional and overt taking of a substantial step toward the commission of a crime that falls short of completing the crime. The mere planning of a crime, as well as soliciting another to commit the crime, does not constitute an attempt to commit the crime. Attempt is a crime distinct from the offense that the criminal was attempting to commit. Various legal tests are used to determine when, between planning a crime and committing it, a person’s actions constitute an attempt. See also conspiracy and solicitation. The intentional and overt taking of a substantial step toward the commission of a crime that falls short of completing the crime. The mere planning of a crime, as well as soliciting another to commit the crime, does not constitute an attempt to commit the crime. Attempt is a crime distinct from the offense that the criminal was attempting to commit. Various legal tests are used to determine when, between planning a crime and committing it, a person’s actions constitute an attempt. See also conspiracy and solicitation.
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The part of the area behind the foul line in a bowling alley used by a bowler in delivering the ball.
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A mode of action or behavior:
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A plan of construction; plan of making or doing
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A person's manner of working.
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A program or policy stipulating a service or benefit:
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The act, method, or manner of proceeding in some action; esp., the sequence of steps to be followed
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The part of a sail, such as the weather clew of a course, to which this rope is fastened.
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(Uncountable) Practical ability in some given field or practice, often as opposed to creativity or imaginative skill. [from 19th c.]
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A word or formula believed to have magic power.
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To hit heavily and repeatedly with violent blows.
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a decisive manner of beginning a musical tone or phrase
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ideas or actions intended to deal with a problem or situation
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A rapid, persistent chemical change that releases heat and light and is accompanied by flame, especially the exothermic oxidation of a combustible substance:
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(Informal) Strong, clamorous criticism, opposition, etc.
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A press agent; a publicist.
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The sound of a sudden rush of air or gas, as through a trumpet
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To a specific place or person:
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attack in speech or writing
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To shoot from a hidden position, as at individuals of an enemy force
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The process whereby some area of land or procedure becomes controlled by the military or administered in a military fashion.
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A time of war
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To fight offensively; used of an army
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To look for or collect shells, as on a seashore:
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To fight offensively; used of an army
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To disturb, interfere with, or annoy:
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Synonym Study

  • Bombard means to attack with artillery or bombs, and in figurative use suggests persistent, repetitious action to bombard a speaker with questions
  • Storm suggests a rushing, powerful assault that is stormlike in its action and effect
  • Beset implies an attack or onset from all sides beset with fears
  • Assault implies a sudden, violent attack or onslaught and suggests direct contact and the use of force
  • Assail means to attack by or as if by repeated blows or thrusts assailed by reproaches
  • Attack implies vigorous, aggressive action, whether in actual combat or in an undertaking to attack a city, to attack a problem
Find another word for attack. In this page you can discover 289 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for attack, like: assault, onslaught, lunge, strike, aggression, onrush, charge, drive, offensive, irruption and outbreak.