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

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 on the Web Putin’s blitzkrieg had failed; that was clear by early March. Samuel Charap, Foreign Affairs, 16 Apr. 2024 Police on Wednesday arrested an 18-year-old D.C. high school student and charged him with taking part in the Dec. 17 blitzkrieg of the Chanel store at CityCenterDC, a luxury shopping area near the Penn Quarter neighborhood. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, 21 Mar. 2024 Less than a decade later came the computerized aerial blitzkrieg over Lebanon. Shashank Joshi, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 Russia's conventional blitzkrieg was beaten back by Ukrainian guerrillas. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 22 Feb. 2024 Rolling Stone reported that Trump's team had been planning the endorsement blitzkrieg for more than a month in order to embarrass the Florida governor. Nathaniel Rakich, ABC News, 17 Jan. 2024 An annihilation strategy emphasizes using a single event or a rapid series of actions to collapse an enemy’s ability or will to fight, such as occurred with Germany’s six-week blitzkrieg campaign against France in 1940. Andrew F. Krepinevich, Foreign Affairs, 12 Dec. 2023 These days, just turning on the television seems to trigger a blitzkrieg of F-bombs. Beth Decarbo, WSJ, 10 Dec. 2023 These are the latest in Domino’s promotional blitzkrieg of 2023. Chris Morris, Fortune, 25 Oct. 2023

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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 May. 2024.

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

German, literally, "lightning war"

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