ATTACK', verb transitive [Heb. to thrust, to drive, to strike.]
1. To assault; to fall upon with force; to assail, as with force and arms. It is the appropriate word for the commencing act of hostility between armies and navies.
2. To fall upon, with unfriendly words or writing; to begin a controversy with; to attempt to overthrow or bring into disrepute, by satire, calumny or criticism; as, to attack a man or his opinions in a pamphlet.
ATTACK', noun An onset; first invasion; a falling on, with force or violence, or with calumny, satire or criticism.