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[blits-kreeg] /ˈblɪtsˌkrig/
noun, verb (used with object)
blitz (defs 1, 2, 5).
Origin of blitzkrieg
1935-40; < German, equivalent to Blitz lightning + Krieg war Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for blitzkrieg
Contemporary Examples
  • Fueled by atrocity and a blitzkrieg of gains in Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State has enjoyed a meteoric climb to notoriety.

  • Or, in Professor Gates' case, I can't decide whether to politely ask you to leave my house, or threaten to blitzkrieg your career.

    The Beer Summit Mark Katz July 28, 2009
Historical Examples
  • The shortcomings of blitzkrieg ironically rest in its strengths.

    Shock and Awe Harlan K. Ullman
British Dictionary definitions for blitzkrieg


a swift intensive military attack, esp using tanks supported by aircraft, designed to defeat the opposition quickly
Word Origin
C20: from German: lightning war
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Word Origin and History for blitzkrieg

"rapid attack," 1939, from German Blitzkrieg, from Blitz "lightning" (from Middle High German blicze, back-formation from bliczen "to flash," from Old High German blecchazzen "to flash, lighten" (8c.), from Proto-Germanic *blikkatjan, from PIE root *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn;" see bleach (v.)) + Krieg "war" (see kriegspiel).

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blitzkrieg in Culture
blitzkrieg [(blits-kreeg)]

A form of warfare used by German forces in World War II. In a blitzkrieg, troops in vehicles, such as tanks, made quick surprise strikes with support from airplanes. These tactics resulted in the swift German conquest of France in 1940 (see fall of France). Blitzkrieg is German for “lightning war.”

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