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Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.
 
Class V. Words Releasing to the Voluntary Powers
Division (I) Individual Volition
Section IV. Antagonism
2. Active Antagonism
 
716. Attack.
 
  
NOUN:ATTACK; assault, - and battery; onset, onslaught, charge.
  base of operations, point of attack; echelon; open order; close formation.
  AGGRESSION, offense; incursion, inroad, invasion; irruption; outbreak; bucking, estapade [manège], ruade [F.], kicking, kick; punch (impulse) [See Impulse]; coup de main [F.]; sally, sortie, camisade or camisado [archaic], raid, foray; run at, run against; dead set at.
  STORM, storming; boarding, escalade; siege, investment, obsession [obs.], bombardment, cannonade, barrage; zero hour.
  battue [F.], razzia, dragonnade or dragoonade; devastation [See Destruction]; éboulement [F.].
  FIRE, volley; direct -, ricochet -, plunging -, rolling -, horizontal -, vertical -, platoon -, file- fire; fusilade; fire of demolition, percussion fire; sharp-shooting, broadside; raking -, cross-fire; volley of grapeshot, feu d’enfer [F.].
  CUT, THRUST, lunge, pass, passado [obs.], stoccado or stoccata [archaic], carte (or quarte) and tierce, home thrust; coup de bec [F.].
  ASSAILANT, aggressor, invader; sharp-shooter, dead shot, fusilier, dragoon, Uhlan.
  
VERB:ATTACK, assault, assail; set upon, fall upon; charge, impugn, break a lance with, enter the lists.
  SHOW FIGHT, come on; assume -, take- the offensive; be -, become- the aggressor; strike the first blow, throw the first stone at, fire the first shot; lift a hand -, draw the sword- against; take up the cudgels; advance -, march-against; march upon, invade, harry.
  strike at, poke at, thrust at; aim -, deal- a blow at; give -, fetch- one a -blow, - kick; have a -cut, - shot, - fling, - shy- at; be down upon, pounce upon; fall foul of, pitch into [colloq.], launch out against; bait, slap on the face; make a -thrust, - pass, - set, - dead set- at; bear down upon.
  close with, come to close quarters, bring to bay, come to blows.
  ride full tilt against; let fly at, dash at, run a tilt at, rush at, tilt at, run at, fly at, hawk at, have at, let out at; make a -dash, - rush at; attack tooth and nail; strike home; drive -, press- one hard; be hard upon, run down, strike at the root of.
  lay about one, run amuck.
  FIRE UPON, fire at, fire a shot at; draw a bead on [U. S.]; shoot at, pop at, level at, let off a gun at; open fire, pepper, bombard, shell, pour a broadside into; fire a volley, fire red-hot shot; spring a mine.
  STONE, lapidate, pelt; throw - a stone, - stones - at; hurl -at, - against, - at the head of; rock [U. S.].
  BESET, besiege, beleaguer; lay siege to, invest, open the trenches, plant a battery, sap, mine; storm, board, scale the walls, go over the top.
  cut and thrust, bayonet, give one the bayonet; butt; kick, strike (impulse) [See Impulse]; horsewhip, whip (punish) [See Punishment].
  
ADJECTIVE:ATTACKING &c. v.; aggressive, offensive, incursive, invasive, irruptive, obsidional.
  up in arms; amuck.
  
ADVERB:ON THE OFFENSIVE, on the warpath, amuck, over the top; at bay.
  
INTERJECTION:“up and at them!”
  
QUOTATIONS:
  1. The din of arms, the yell of savage rage, the shriek of agony, the groan of death.—Southey
  2. Their fatal hands no second stroke intend.—Paradise Lost
  3. Thirst for glory quells the love of life.—Addison

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