Definition of bludgeon in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbləjən/


A thick stick with a heavy end, used as a weapon: figurative a rhetorical bludgeon in the war against liberalism
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  • Knives, bludgeons and handguns are the weapons of kidnappers, not rifles, which are cumbersome, restricting, and inappropriate for violent situations in close quarters.
  • On searching the house at Kimberworth where he resided at that time, three officers found a number of very formidable looking sticks or bludgeons and a large quantity of netting.
  • They all started making films three decades or more ago, when documentaries were considered more than rhetorical bludgeons and instructional tools for the incurious and semi-literate.


[with object]
1Beat (someone) repeatedly with a bludgeon or other heavy object.
Example sentences
  • He was bludgeoned to death with the butt of a pistol on the Caribbean island of Margarita on Sunday, October 16.
  • And it is no secret Martha was bludgeoned to death.
  • He was bludgeoned to death outside the nightclub.
batter, cudgel, club, beat, thrash;
clobber, pummel
1.1Force or bully (someone) to do something: she was determined not to be bludgeoned into submission
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  • No one, however, has reported on the extent to which voters were bludgeoned into voting one way or another by various local thugs.
  • Most of these civil societies have been bludgeoned into silence by their regimes, with even the more representative systems denying their citizens true political participation.
  • Mark was a State employee with no criminal history before he was indicted for a crime that he did not commit and now his family are finacially ruined and he has been bludgeoned into signing a plea bargain by the legal vampires.
1.2 (bludgeon one's way) Make one’s way by brute force.
Example sentences
  • I'd bludgeoned my way into their restaurant, forcing them to exchange food for money at a rate highly favorable to them!
  • Suddenly, the player who represents the hard inner core with which England have bludgeoned their way into world rugby's top three, has found himself caught up in a series of less appealing matters.
  • Leeds United bludgeoned their way back into Premiership title contention after an ugly battle against Tottenham Hotspur at Elland Road.


Mid 18th century: of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with bludgeon

curmudgeon, dudgeon, gudgeon, trudgen

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Syllabification: bludg·eon

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