Synonyms of attacking


1. attack, assail, contend, fight, struggle

usage: 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"

2. attack, round, assail, lash out, snipe, assault, knock, criticize, criticise, pick apart

usage: attack in speech or writing; "The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker"

3. attack, aggress, act, move

usage: take the initiative and go on the offensive; "The Serbs attacked the village at night"; "The visiting team started to attack"

4. assail, assault, set on, attack

usage: attack someone physically or emotionally; "The mugger assaulted the woman"; "Nightmares assailed him regularly"

5. attack, get down, begin, get, start out, start, set about, set out, commence

usage: set to work upon; turn one's energies vigorously to a task; "I attacked the problem as soon as I got out of bed"

6. attack, affect

usage: begin to injure; "The cancer cells are attacking his liver"; "Rust is attacking the metal"


1. assaultive, attacking(prenominal), offensive (vs. defensive)

usage: disposed to attack

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