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
2 : blitz 2a
Examples of blitzkrieg in a Sentence
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 of blitzkrieg from the Web
Hence Germany’s blitzkrieg campaigns early in World War II and Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.
The whole triumphal blitzkrieg can be pondered over repeatedly (gloated over even), in perfect scratch-free digital fidelity.
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Origin and Etymology of blitzkrieg
German, from Blitz lightning + Krieg war
First Known Use: 1937See Words from the same year
BLITZKRIEG Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of blitzkrieg for English Language Learners
: a sudden and overwhelming military attack
: a fast and powerful effort
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