[bluhj-uh n]
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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.

Origin of bludgeon

First recorded in 1720–30; origin uncertain
Related formsbludg·eon·er, bludg·eon·eer [bluhj-uh-neer] /ˌblʌdʒ əˈnɪər/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. a stout heavy club, typically thicker at one end
  2. a person, line of argument, etc, that is effective but unsubtle
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
Derived Formsbludgeoner, noun

Word Origin for bludgeon

C18: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for bludgeoning



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



"short club," 1730, of unknown origin.

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