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[bluhj-uh n] /ˈblʌdʒ ən/
a short, heavy club with one end weighted, or thicker and heavier than the other.
verb (used with object)
to strike or knock down with a bludgeon.
to force into something; coerce; bully:
The boss finally bludgeoned him into accepting responsibility.
1720-30; origin uncertain
Related forms
bludgeoner, bludgeoneer
[bluhj-uh-neer] /ˌblʌdʒ əˈnɪər/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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Examples for bludgeoned
  • Some of these early postcards show snowmen being bludgeoned by two-by-fours and stomped on by tots.
  • The magic that draws eggheads to certain books tends to get bludgeoned by theory, jargon and the need to be obscure.
  • Dad bludgeoned the nosy neighbor lady with a blender.
  • Her foster brother then came to her aid and was also bludgeoned with the hammer.
  • He had been stabbed multiple times with a pitchfork and bludgeoned with a hammer.
  • Nine days later, deer hunters found her bludgeoned body.
  • It appeared that he had been severely bludgeoned about the head and face.
  • The victims were bludgeoned with sledgehammers and their bodies thrown into the village's well.
British Dictionary definitions for bludgeoned


a stout heavy club, typically thicker at one end
a person, line of argument, etc, that is effective but unsubtle
verb (transitive)
to hit or knock down with or as with a bludgeon
(often foll by into) to force; bully; coerce they bludgeoned him into accepting the job
Derived Forms
bludgeoner, noun
Word Origin
C18: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for bludgeoned
1868, from an earlier noun bludgeon "a short club" (1730), perhaps from M.Fr. bougeon, dim. of bouge "a club."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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