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bludgeon (ˈblʌdʒən



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


verb (transitive)

  1. to hit or knock down with or as with a bludgeon
  2. (often followed by into) to force; bully; coerce   ⇒  ■ they bludgeoned him into accepting the job

Derived Forms

ˈbludgeoner  noun

Word Origin

C18: of uncertain origin


View thesaurus entry
= club, batter, beat, strike, belt (informal), clobber (slang), pound, cosh (British), cudgel, beat or knock seven bells out of (informal)
= bully, force, cow, intimidate, railroad (informal), hector, coerce, bulldoze (informal), dragoon, steamroller, browbeat, tyrannize
= club, stick, baton, truncheon, cosh (British), cudgel, shillelagh, bastinado, mere (New Zealand), patu (New Zealand)

Translations for 'bludgeon'

  • British English: bludgeon To bludgeon someone means to hit them several times with a heavy object. VERBHe broke into the old man's house and bludgeoned him with a hammer.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: bater em
  • Chinese: > 连击用重器> 连連击擊
  • European Spanish: apalear
  • French: matraquer
  • German: niederknüppeln
  • Italian: colpire ripetutamentecon un oggetto
  • Japanese: 殴打する
  • Korean: 둔기로 때리다
  • Portuguese: bater em
  • Spanish: apalear

Example Sentences Including 'bludgeon'

She might as well just bludgeon us over the head with a bag of her home-made macaroons.
Alex George LOVE YOU MADLY (2002)
If she was cheaper they would use the fact to bludgeon the hapless seamstress into reducing her rate.
Pacter, Trudi Yellow Bird
Their bludgeon was that at any time they could betray either of us as Witted.
Robin Hobb THE GOLDEN FOOL: Book Two of the Tawny Man (2002)


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