- 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
Related Words for bludgeoneddismay, dishearten, constrain, bully, subdue, alarm, appall, coerce, daunt, awe, scare, terrify, terrorize, excoriate, scold, berate, upbraid, castigate, assail, lacerate
Examples from the Web for bludgeoned
Contemporary Examples of bludgeoned
Last year, House Republicans had to be bludgeoned into renewing the Violence Against Women Act.100 Years of Right (And Left) Moves
March 31, 2014
Steck crumpled to the moraine, and it looked as though he'd be bludgeoned to death.Breaking Mount Everest’s Glass Ceiling
Amanda Padoan, Peter Zuckerman
March 30, 2014
Caterpillar notched record profits in 2012 and then in early 2013 bludgeoned its unions into accepting a six-year wage freeze.Henry Ford Understood That Raising Wages Would Bring Him More Profit
January 6, 2014
Zainab, 7, was shot in the shoulder and bludgeoned with a blunt weapon, leaving her with a fractured skull.Young Girl May Hold Key to Grisly Alps Murders
Barbie Latza Nadeau, Tracy McNicoll
September 12, 2012
And then she bludgeoned him to death, proving her loyalty to Amanda/Emily.‘Revenge’: The 12 Most Memorable Twists in the Wicked First Season
May 24, 2012
Historical Examples of bludgeoned
The Jew was captured in his own house, dragged forth, and bludgeoned to death.Bygone London
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
It was invaded by gangs of men armed with clubs, who bludgeoned every Armenian to be found there.The Turkish Empire, its Growth and Decay
- 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
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.