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blud·​geon ˈblə-jən How to pronounce bludgeon (audio)
: a short stick that usually has one thick or loaded end and is used as a weapon
: something used to attack or bully
the bludgeon of satire


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bludgeoned; bludgeoning; bludgeons

transitive verb

: to hit with heavy impact
was bludgeoned to death
: to attack or overcome by aggressive argument : bully
mental bludgeoning
We do not talk—we bludgeon one another with facts and theories …Henry Miller

Examples of bludgeon in a Sentence

Noun guards armed with bludgeons roamed the compound Verb remodelers bludgeoned the wall with a sledgehammer to join the two rooms the boxer bludgeons opponents with an assortment of punches
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Word History



origin unknown


verbal derivative of bludgeon entry 1

First Known Use


1730, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1777, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bludgeon was in 1730

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Cite this Entry

“Bludgeon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
blud·​geon ˈbləj-ən How to pronounce bludgeon (audio)
: a short club with one end thicker and heavier than the other


2 of 2 verb
: to hit very hard : beat

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