blitz·​krieg | \ ˈblits-ˌkrēg How to pronounce blitzkrieg (audio) \

Definition of blitzkrieg

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

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the stunned survivors of the crash were then confronted with a blitzkrieg of insensitive questions from the media the war began with a blitzkrieg that was designed to shock the enemy into submission
Recent Examples on the Web Call it a shotgun wedding Kabul style, or one with AK-47s and American-made M4 military assault rifles that the ragtag Taliban are now carrying after their blitzkrieg takeover of Afghanistan. Josh Meyer, USA TODAY, 27 Aug. 2021 The most immediate consequence of the militia's blitzkrieg across Afghanistan is a political disaster for President Joe Biden who ordered all American troops out but failed to orchestrate an orderly withdrawal. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 16 Aug. 2021 In an almost frantic response by GM, the Chevrolet Camaro was released in 1967 to counter Ford’s market blitzkrieg with the Mustang. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 5 July 2021 Bird got its black-and-white scooters into a hundred cities globally during a yearlong blitzkrieg. John Seabrook, The New Yorker, 19 Apr. 2021 Prasoon Joshi, the current chief of the Censor Board, had worked in the publicity blitzkrieg that first brought Modi to power in 2014. New York Times, 1 Dec. 2020 The ferocious media blitzkrieg that arose when both stories became public led to Allen and Farrow being maligned in the press, with their friends and family flinging accusations into the cross fire. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 23 Feb. 2021 Virtually every Maverick, old and new, played a part in the Sunday blitzkrieg that stretched a 10-4 game to 25-5, then 36-13 after one quarter, then 56-16 and eventually a 57-point high-water-mark at 120-63 midway through the fourth quarter. Dallas News, 28 Dec. 2020 As restaurants across the world were forced to close, the value of Rayner’s style of blitzkrieg criticism became a fraught question. Theodore Gioia, The New Republic, 16 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of blitzkrieg

1937, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for blitzkrieg

German, from Blitz lightning + Krieg war

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The first known use of blitzkrieg was in 1937

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3 Sep 2021

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“Blitzkrieg.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of blitzkrieg

: a sudden and overwhelming military attack
: a fast and powerful effort : blitz

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