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blitzkrieg

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noun blitz·krieg \-ˌkrēg\

Simple Definition of blitzkrieg

  • : a sudden and overwhelming military attack

  • : a fast and powerful effort

Full Definition of blitzkrieg

  1. 1 :  war conducted with great speed and force; specifically :  a violent surprise offensive by massed air forces and mechanized ground forces in close coordination

  2. 2 :  blitz 2a

blitzkrieg transitive verb

Examples of blitzkrieg

  1. <the stunned survivors of the crash were then confronted with a blitzkrieg of insensitive questions from the media>

  2. <the war began with a blitzkrieg that was designed to shock the enemy into submission>



Origin of blitzkrieg

German, from Blitz lightning + Krieg war


First Known Use: 1939


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