blitz·​krieg ˈblits-ˌkrēg How to pronounce blitzkrieg (audio)
: war conducted with great speed and force
specifically : a violent surprise offensive by massed air forces and mechanized ground forces in close coordination
blitzkrieg transitive verb

Example Sentences

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
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Word History


German, from Blitz lightning + Krieg war

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of blitzkrieg was in 1937

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“Blitzkrieg.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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blitz·​krieg ˈblits-ˌkrēg How to pronounce blitzkrieg (audio)
: a sudden violent enemy attack
blitzkrieg verb

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