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[bluhj-uh n]
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  1. a short, heavy club with one end weighted, or thicker and heavier than the other.
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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.
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Origin of bludgeon

First recorded in 1720–30; origin uncertain
Related formsbludg·eon·er, bludg·eon·eer [bluhj-uh-neer] /ˌblʌdʒ əˈnɪər/, noun
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Related Words for bludgeoned

dismay, dishearten, constrain, bully, subdue, alarm, appall, coerce, daunt, awe, scare, terrify, terrorize, excoriate, scold, berate, upbraid, castigate, assail, lacerate

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Historical Examples of bludgeoned

  • The Jew was captured in his own house, dragged forth, and bludgeoned to death.

    Bygone London

    Frederick Ross

  • He had been bludgeoned in the most brutal manner imaginable.

    Cleek of Scotland Yard

    Thomas W. Hanshew

  • Aylmer began to feel as if his wits as well as his body had been bludgeoned.

    The Pursuit

    Frank (Frank Mackenzie) Savile

  • If she can't; good; no harm done that he wasn't there to be bludgeoned anew.

    If Winter Comes

    A.S.M. Hutchinson

  • It was invaded by gangs of men armed with clubs, who bludgeoned every Armenian to be found there.

British Dictionary definitions for bludgeoned


  1. a stout heavy club, typically thicker at one end
  2. a person, line of argument, etc, that is effective but unsubtle
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verb (tr)
  1. to hit or knock down with or as with a bludgeon
  2. (often foll by into) to force; bully; coercethey bludgeoned him into accepting the job
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Derived Formsbludgeoner, noun

Word Origin for bludgeon

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.

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"short club," 1730, of unknown origin.

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