verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of attack
Synonyms for attack
Antonyms for attack
Related Words for attackraid, intrusion, violation, onslaught, offensive, skirmish, charge, barrage, rape, outbreak, strike, invasion, incursion, aggression, intervention, criticism, abuse, failure, seizure, hit
Examples from the Web for attack
Contemporary Examples of attack
As soon as this attack [happened], Paris citizens came together to show were are not afraid, we are Charlie Hebdo.France Kills Charlie Hebdo Murderers
January 9, 2015
It was also an attack on our freedom of expression and way of life.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead
January 8, 2015
Opponents of Muslims and immigrants across the continent are claiming vindication in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attack.Europe’s Islam Haters Say We Told You So
Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 8, 2015
An attack on journalists anywhere is an attack on civil society everywhere.
That is why The Daily Beast stands with Charlie Hebdo and published their controversial covers in the wake of the attack.
Historical Examples of attack
The strong man must at all times be alert to the attack of insidious disease.
He saw now the meaning of the manner in which Allister and Clune made their attack.Way of the Lawless
These attack you—but run—at least the tiger, not the elephant, when you go out after him.
The others leave you alone except you attack them; then they show fight.
There is no disease bold enough to dare to attack the person of a doctor.The Imaginary Invalid
Word Origin for attack
c.1600, from French attaquer (16c.), from Florentine Italian attaccare (battaglia) "join (battle)," thus the word is a doublet of attach, which was used 15c.-17c. also in the sense now reserved to attack. Related: Attacked; attacking.
1660s, from attack (v.). Cf. Middle English attach "a seizure or attack" (of fever), late 14c.