- 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 bludgeoningdismay, dishearten, constrain, bully, subdue, alarm, appall, coerce, daunt, awe, scare, terrify, terrorize, excoriate, scold, berate, upbraid, castigate, assail, lacerate
Examples from the Web for bludgeoning
Contemporary Examples of bludgeoning
And shooting someone takes a lot less time than stabbing or bludgeoning them.There's Little We Can Do to Prevent Another Massacre
December 17, 2012
Romney can distance himself from the bludgeoning being done in his name.Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich's Hypocrisy on Super PACs
December 21, 2011
Forty years later, the movie has lost none of its bludgeoning power.The Power of 'Straw Dogs'
September 19, 2011
Whitman has used this sort of bludgeoning attack on news organizations before.The Bogus Torture Coverup
May 29, 2009
The most popular parlor game in Washington, D.C., these days is the bludgeoning of the McCain campaign.In Defense of McCain's Campaign
October 25, 2008
Historical Examples of bludgeoning
They staggered for a while, as if stunned by the bludgeoning of the disaster.Romain Rolland
You can see for yourself how well Rhea has withstood the bludgeoning of time.The Riddle of the Spinning Wheel
Mary E. Hanshew
I never thought any ship could stand the bludgeoning she got.
Under the bludgeoning of chanceMy head is bloody, but unbowed.Thoughts I Met on the Highway
Ralph Waldo Trine
High hopes were once formed of democracy; but democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.Miscellaneous Aphorisms; The Soul of Man
- 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.