Synonyms for (noun) attack

attack, tone-beginning

a decisive manner of beginning a musical tone or phrase

LESS SPECIFIC: start, commencement, beginning


an offensive move in a sport or game

they won the game with a 10-hit attack in the 9th inning

LESS SPECIFIC: play, turn

attack, attempt

the act of attacking

attacks on women increased last year; they made an attempt on his life

approach, attack, plan of attack

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

onrush, onset, onslaught, attack

(military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons)

the attack began at dawn

LESS SPECIFIC: military operation, operation


strong criticism

he published an unexpected attack on my work

fire, flack, flak, attack, blast

intense adverse criticism

Clinton directed his fire at the Republican Party; the government has come under attack; don't give me any flak


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

LESS SPECIFIC: degeneration, devolution


a sudden occurrence of an uncontrollable condition

an attack of diarrhea

LESS SPECIFIC: affliction

Synonyms for (verb) attack


begin to injure

The cancer cells are attacking his liver; Rust is attacking the metal



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

I attacked the problem as soon as I got out of bed

snipe, round, assail, assault, attack, lash out

attack in speech or writing

The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker

LESS SPECIFIC: criticise, criticize, pick apart, knock

aggress, attack

take the initiative and go on the offensive

The Serbs attacked the village at night; The visiting team started to attack

LESS SPECIFIC: move, act

assail, 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; Serbian forces assailed Bosnian towns all week

LESS SPECIFIC: fight, contend, struggle