blitzkrieg

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noun blitz·krieg \-ˌkrēg\

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

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Examples of blitzkrieg in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of blitzkrieg

German, from Blitz lightning + Krieg war


BLITZKRIEG Defined for English Language Learners

blitzkrieg

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Definition of blitzkrieg for English Language Learners

  • : a sudden and overwhelming military attack

  • : a fast and powerful effort



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