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[bluhj-uh n] /ˈblʌdʒ ən/
a short, heavy club with one end weighted, or thicker and heavier than the other.
verb (used with object)
to strike or knock down with a bludgeon.
to force into something; coerce; bully:
The boss finally bludgeoned him into accepting responsibility.
Origin of bludgeon
1720-30; origin uncertain
Related forms
bludgeoner, bludgeoneer
[bluhj-uh-neer] /ˌblʌdʒ əˈnɪər/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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  • Although Canadians were anxious for trade relations, they were not willing to be bludgeoned into accepting one-sided terms.

    The Canadian Dominion Oscar D. Skelton
  • The Jew was captured in his own house, dragged forth, and bludgeoned to death.

    Bygone London Frederick Ross
  • One thing; once a government like that has been bludgeoned into the Empire, it rarely makes any trouble later.

    A Slave is a Slave Henry Beam Piper
  • He had been bludgeoned in the most brutal manner imaginable.

    Cleek of Scotland Yard Thomas W. Hanshew
  • With this new and triple-headed engine Britain was to be bludgeoned into submission.

    The Fleets Behind the Fleet W. MacNeile (William MacNeile) Dixon
British Dictionary definitions for bludgeoned


a stout heavy club, typically thicker at one end
a person, line of argument, etc, that is effective but unsubtle
verb (transitive)
to hit or knock down with or as with a bludgeon
(often foll by into) to force; bully; coerce: they bludgeoned him into accepting the job
Derived Forms
bludgeoner, noun
Word Origin
C18: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for bludgeoned



1802, from earlier noun bludgeon "short club" (1730), of unknown origin. Related: Bludgeoned; bludgeoning.


"short club," 1730, of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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