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bombardment (noun) attacking an enemy position or place (with heavy firing of shells by big mounted guns, tanks, and bombs); to attack a person with a number of questions.

An attack of an enemy position, city, or a place by continuous firing of shells by big mounted guns, by tanks, and by bombs is bombardment. A bombardment is the most destructive of military operations. It is usually done to force the enemy to surrender. When a place is under bombardment, it is subject to severe bombing and constant gunfire. Harassing a person by a series of questions and criticism is a bombardment of the person. Putting a number of questions to a person, more to harass or embarrass them than to elicit information is to subject them to bombardment. Any prolonged and serious attack is bombardment.

  • The hideouts and encampments of the guerilla troops in the jungle were under constant bombardment by the security forces which wanted to flush them out of the jungle and eliminate them totally.
  • The policies of the government came under a heavy bombardment by the opposition which characterized them as short-sighted and harmful to the interests of the nation.
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