Attack At*tack", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Attacked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Attacking}.] [F. attaquer, orig. another form of attacher to attack: cf. It. attacare to fasten, attack. See {Attach}, {Tack} a small nail.] 1. To fall upon with force; to assail, as with force and arms; to assault. ``Attack their lines.'' --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. To assail with unfriendly speech or writing; to begin a controversy with; to attempt to overthrow or bring into disrepute, by criticism or satire; to censure; as, to attack a man, or his opinions, in a pamphlet. [1913 Webster]

3. To set to work upon, as upon a task or problem, or some object of labor or investigation. [1913 Webster]

4. To begin to affect; to begin to act upon, injuriously or destructively; to begin to decompose or waste. [1913 Webster]

On the fourth of March he was attacked by fever. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

Hydrofluoric acid . . . attacks the glass. --B. Stewart. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To {Attack}, {Assail}, {Assault}, {Invade}.

Usage: These words all denote a violent onset; attack being the generic term, and the others specific forms of attack. To attack is to commence the onset; to assail is to make a sudden and violent attack, or to make repeated attacks; to assault (literally, to leap upon) is to attack physically by a had-to-hand approach or by unlawful and insulting violence; to invade is to enter by force on what belongs to another. Thus, a person may attack by offering violence of any kind; he may assail by means of missile weapons; he may assault by direct personal violence; a king may invade by marching an army into a country. Figuratively, we may say, men attack with argument or satire; they assail with abuse or reproaches; they may be assaulted by severe temptations; the rights of the people may be invaded by the encroachments of the crown. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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