- a short, heavy club with one end weighted, or thicker and heavier than the other.
- 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
Examples from the Web for bludgeon
Contemporary Examples of bludgeon
He hit the tribesmen on the head with his bludgeon and “the subsequent proceedings interest him no more.”The Story Behind The World’s Greatest Headline
January 21, 2014
Instead, he rushed to use the firearms issue as one more tool to bludgeon and discredit his Republican opposition.Angry Gun-Control Debate Does Damage to Both the Right and the Left
January 23, 2013
Or is it too valuable to use as a bludgeon against Republicans?Mark McKinnon: Do Democrats & Republicans Really Want Immigration Reform?
November 30, 2012
“If Giannoulias loses, the Republicans and the mainstream media are going to bludgeon Obama,” said Anderson.Can Obama Save His Seat?
October 28, 2010
Historical Examples of bludgeon
The majesty of the law in his hands becomes at once a bludgeon and a pandemonium.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
Thereupon Panaumbe brandished his bludgeon, struck all the foxes, and killed them.Aino Folk-Tales
Basil Hall Chamberlain
The smashing of a face by an Indian's bludgeon is a serious operation.King Philip
John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
Then you bludgeon Losch with the idea it was a person Carmack had reason to fear!We're Friends, Now
Strickland employed not the rapier of sarcasm but the bludgeon of invective.The Moon and Sixpence
W. Somerset Maugham
- a stout heavy club, typically thicker at one end
- a person, line of argument, etc, that is effective but unsubtle
- to hit or knock down with or as with a bludgeon
- (often foll by into) to force; bully; coercethey bludgeoned him into accepting the job
Word Origin for bludgeon
1802, from earlier noun bludgeon "short club" (1730), of unknown origin. Related: Bludgeoned; bludgeoning.
"short club," 1730, of unknown origin.