Attack ad



noun
a public notice, such as a printed display or a short film on television, in which a political party criticizes or abuses an opponent
Contemporary Examples

Can making an attack ad less aggressive make it more effective?
GOP Prepares Softer Strategy in Obama Attack Daniel Stone May 21, 2012

Ad makers were ordered to work all night to produce an attack ad.
Obama’s Big Idea: Save Big Bird? David Frum October 7, 2012

Jonathan Kay reviews the Canadian Conservatives’ first attack ad against Justin Trudeau and finds it surprisingly tame.
Watch the First Anti-Trudeau Ad Here David Frum April 15, 2013

She was watching a rebroadcast with her father when Barrett brought up the attack ad.
Wisconsin Political Attack Ad Forces Mom to Re-Live Anguish Over Murdered Son Michael Daly June 7, 2012

That said, this attack ad nicely shows everything that is wrong with the Newt Gingrich campaign.
Newt Gingrich Wins the Gail Collins Primary David Frum January 11, 2012

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  • Attacked

    to set upon in a forceful, violent, hostile, or aggressive way, with or without a weapon; begin fighting with: He attacked him with his bare hands. to begin hostilities against; start an offensive against: to attack the enemy. to blame or abuse violently or bitterly. to direct unfavorable criticism against; criticize severely; argue with strongly: […]

  • Attacking

    to set upon in a forceful, violent, hostile, or aggressive way, with or without a weapon; begin fighting with: He attacked him with his bare hands. to begin hostilities against; start an offensive against: to attack the enemy. to blame or abuse violently or bitterly. to direct unfavorable criticism against; criticize severely; argue with strongly: […]



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