attack attack  /ə ˈtæk/


  1. (n) (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons)
  2. (n) an offensive move in a sport or game
  3. (n) intense adverse criticism
  4. (n) ideas or actions intended to deal with a problem or situation
  5. (n) the act of attacking
  6. (n) a decisive manner of beginning a musical tone or phrase
  7. (n) a sudden occurrence of an uncontrollable condition
  8. (n) the onset of a corrosive or destructive process (as by a chemical agent)
  9. (n) strong criticism
  10. (v) launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with
  11. (v) attack in speech or writing
  12. (v) take the initiative and go on the offensive
  13. (v) attack someone physically or emotionally
  14. (v) set to work upon; turn one's energies vigorously to a task
  15. (v) begin to injure

Derived Word(s)


  1. Chinese authorities say the attack was a plot by two fanatics.
  2. Four qualities invariably marked the Japanese attack: efficiency, discipline, brutality and, especially, surprise.
  3. The rocket attacks leave Israel facing a major dilemma.


  1. Religion under attack in America - LETTER TO THE EDITOR: June 13

    Christianity has been under attack from many venues including Hollywood, the music industry, and even academia.  There is no “tolerance” for Christianity.  Now, it is under attack from our own Defense Department.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: The Oakland Press

  2. Maoist Rebel Attack on Train in India Kills 3

    Suspected Maoist rebels attack train in eastern India, killing 3 and wounding 2 others        
    on June 13, 2013     Source: ABC News

  3. Air attack video given to WikiLeaks could help enemy: witness

    By Tom Ramstack FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) - A video of an Apache gunship attack allegedly provided by a U.S. soldier to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks could help enemy fighters in attacking American forces, a battle strategist testified at the soldier's court-martial on Wednesday. The gunsight video of a 2007 Apache helicopter attack in Baghdad is among more than 700,000 classified ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News


  1. "I am sure the Spanish can win any game," Germany coach Joachim Loew said, "because they are dominant and it's hard to contain their attack."
    on Jul 8, 2010 By: Joachim Loew Source: The Associated Press

  2. Speaking more forcefully than at any time since the attempted attack, Mr Obama said: "The bottom line is this. The US government had sufficient information to have uncovered this plot and potentially disrupt the Christmas Day attack. But our...
    on Jan 6, 2010 By: Barack Obama Source: Irish Times

  3. "We played well. Germany is a big team. They played a good game. We made some mistakes when they played the counter-attack," he said.
    on Jun 27, 2010 By: Fabio Capello Source: Independent

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