multifront

adjective

mul·​ti·​front ˌməl-tē-ˈfrənt How to pronounce multifront (audio)
-ˌtī-
: having more than one zone of conflict between armies : fought on multiple fronts (see front entry 1 sense 2a(3))
a multifront war/battle/conflict
broadly : involving or directed at multiple zones or areas of activity or effort
His office has also led a multifront campaign to expand the authority of the executive branch … Ryan Lizza

Examples of multifront in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Within an hour, Epic opened a multifront war against Apple that appeared months in the making. Erin Griffith, New York Times, 13 Aug. 2020 Multifront War Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant has warned that Iran is waging a multifront war of attrition against Israel. Saud Abu Ramadan, Bloomberg.com, 20 Apr. 2023 That case, though, involved a single state law, and experts have cautioned that fighting the assorted statutes now would mean a multifront battle with potentially uneven results. New York Times, 9 June 2021 The bill that Blanquer was discussing in the French Senate that day represented a multifront political maneuver—a classic example of triangulation by Macron, a centrist who founded a new political party and has been trying to draw votes from the right. Rachel Donadio, The Atlantic, 22 Nov. 2021 The sanctions on individuals are just one part of a multifront effort to hit Moscow economically after Mr. Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. Nick Kostov, WSJ, 3 Mar. 2022 His more pressing concern now is his multifront legal jeopardy, particularly the inquiry into his handling of classified materials at Mar-a-Lago. Matt Flegenheimer, New York Times, 13 Sep. 2022 Amazon is left facing a multifront battle with the U.S. government—with few allies. Dana Mattioli, WSJ, 10 Mar. 2022 To create maximum impact, legislators and state executives must recognize that this is a multifront war. William A. Jacobson, National Review, 30 Aug. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1940, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of multifront was in 1940

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“Multifront.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/multifront. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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