[ bluhj-uhn ]
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  1. a short, heavy club with one end weighted, or thicker and heavier than the other.

verb (used with object)
  1. to strike or knock down with a bludgeon.

  2. to force into something; coerce; bully: The boss finally bludgeoned him into accepting responsibility.

Origin of bludgeon

First recorded in 1720–30; origin uncertain

Other words from bludgeon

  • bludg·eon·er, bludg·eon·eer [bluhj-uh-neer], /ˌblʌdʒ əˈnɪər/, noun

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How to use bludgeon in a sentence

  • In recent cycles, the GOP has been very effective in using fossil fuel production as an electoral bludgeon against Democrats.

  • “If Giannoulias loses, the Republicans and the mainstream media are going to bludgeon Obama,” said Anderson.

    Can Obama Save His Seat? | Dirk Johnson | October 28, 2010 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • He was rejoicing in the upheaval that permitted debts to be paid with a bludgeon and money to be made without toil.

    The Red Year | Louis Tracy
  • I had this time taken care to come out provided with a stout bludgeon and a sword.

    Hurricane Hurry | W.H.G. Kingston
  • The secret of their power is their insensibility to blows; tickle them with a bludgeon and they laugh with a platitude.

    The Devil's Dictionary | Ambrose Bierce
  • He did not draw their blood personally with the usual weapons of homicide—pistol, dagger, bludgeon or ax.

    The Incendiary | W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
  • He dealt the bludgeon blows of one who seemed to boast that he was not clever but tried to be honest.

    Lady Lilith | Stephen McKenna

British Dictionary definitions for bludgeon


/ (ˈblʌdʒən) /

  1. a stout heavy club, typically thicker at one end

  2. a person, line of argument, etc, that is effective but unsubtle

  1. to hit or knock down with or as with a bludgeon

  2. (often foll by into) to force; bully; coerce: they bludgeoned him into accepting the job

Origin of bludgeon

C18: of uncertain origin

Derived forms of bludgeon

  • bludgeoner, noun

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