bludgeon

[bluhj-uhn]
noun
1.
a short, heavy club with one end weighted, or thicker and heavier than the other.
verb (used with object)
2.
to strike or knock down with a bludgeon.
3.
to force into something; coerce; bully: The boss finally bludgeoned him into accepting responsibility.

Origin:
1720–30; origin uncertain

bludgeoner, bludgeoneer [bluhj-uh-neer] , noun
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bludgeon (ˈblʌdʒən)
 
n
1.  a stout heavy club, typically thicker at one end
2.  a person, line of argument, etc, that is effective but unsubtle
 
vb
3.  to hit or knock down with or as with a bludgeon
4.  (often foll by into) to force; bully; coerce: they bludgeoned him into accepting the job
 
[C18: of uncertain origin]
 
'bludgeoner
 
n

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bludgeon
1868, from an earlier noun bludgeon "a short club" (1730), perhaps from M.Fr. bougeon, dim. of bouge "a club."
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Example sentences
Films should not be propaganda, bludgeoning us with messages about how valuable certain things or people are.
The video also shows soldiers similarly bludgeoning a couple who watched the beating.
She lures viewers to her point of view rather than bludgeoning them.
Be careful not to destroy the head of the animal by gunshot or bludgeoning.
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