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bludgeon (ˈblʌdʒən Pronunciation for bludgeon

Definitions

noun

  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

Synonyms

View thesaurus entry
= club, batter, beat, strike, belt, clobber, pound, cosh, cudgel, beat or knock seven bells out of
= club, stick, baton, truncheon, cosh, cudgel, shillelagh, bastinado, mere, patu

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'

If she was cheaper they would use the fact to bludgeon the hapless seamstress into reducing her rate.
Pacter, Trudi Yellow Bird
In his own way, Brown is a considerable Commons performer, even if he tends to use the bludgeon where Blair favours the rapier.
Times, Sunday Times (2005)
Kelly then found his daughter watching television in a back bedroom and used his gun to bludgeon her, prosecutors said.
canada.com (2005)
Or, for a more visceral experience, use your 100,000 horsepower strength to bludgeon opponents with cars.
Maxim (2004)
She might as well just bludgeon us over the head with a bag of her home-made macaroons.
Alex George LOVE YOU MADLY (2002)
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)
There is only one way to discipline the body, she says: `If you want them (fat cells) to move, you've got to bludgeon them to death.
Bovey, Shelley The Forbidden Body

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