blud·​geon | \ ˈblə-jən How to pronounce bludgeon (audio) \

Definition of bludgeon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a short stick that usually has one thick or loaded end and is used as a weapon
2 : something used to attack or bully the bludgeon of satire


bludgeoned; bludgeoning; bludgeons

Definition of bludgeon (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to hit with heavy impact was bludgeoned to death
2 : 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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Its leading office holders have demonstrated that the party will take a stand on principle even when doing so harms one of its most prominent members (and not only when the gesture can be used as a bludgeon against the other guys). Damon Linker, The Week, 6 Aug. 2021 And so this is when good old, New England Protestants who had been really nurturing the story of the pilgrims started using this story as the founders of America, as a sort of cultural bludgeon to claim their spot on the top of America's hierarchy. Shannon Rae Green, USA TODAY, 21 Nov. 2021 In the Middle East, the idea of hospitality is both sacrament and bludgeon. New York Times, 11 Nov. 2021 Yet a small but important part of the progressive coalition—criminal-defense lawyers—can’t afford to treat gun laws as one more culture-war bludgeon. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 23 July 2021 Because fascism, it’s always about using nationalism, and the nation, as a bludgeon to generate support for death policies, on behalf of death governments. Vinson Cunningham, Los Angeles Times, 17 Mar. 2021 Their large could also double as a bludgeon in the unlikely event of a mugging. Amy Drew Thompson,, 13 Dec. 2020 Hegar, by contrast, has used the issue as a bludgeon. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, 26 Oct. 2020 Hobbes tells Marshall that people often use the subject as a bludgeon. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 12 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb It’s well- documented that these creatures will use rocks to bludgeon—read: loosen—food from its perch. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, 14 Apr. 2022 According to authorities, Heredia-Rios used a hammer to bludgeon Oscar Garrido-Castro, who was 36 at the time of his death. Alicia Fabbre,, 14 Jan. 2022 Trying to bludgeon the working class into jobs accomplished the exact opposite. Ryan Cooper, The Week, 26 July 2021 The writer-director Blerta Basholli doesn’t bludgeon you with the character’s miseries, or hold your emotions hostage. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 12 Nov. 2021 Basilashvili, of the country of Georgia, saved seven break points along the way and used his powerful backhand to bludgeon young Taylor Fritz, 7-6 (5), 6-3. Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles Times, 16 Oct. 2021 Never mind that their Republican opponents will likelier bludgeon them over the budget deficit, which (unlike the debt ceiling) is something voters actually understand. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 12 Oct. 2021 Prosecutors said Johnson used a claw hammer to fatally bludgeon a manager, Mary Bratcher, 46, and employees Mabel Scruggs, 57, and Fred Jones, 58, during a closing-time robbery at the Casey’s General Store in Columbia on Feb. 12, 1994. NBC News, 7 May 2021 Traditionally therapies for lupus and other autoimmune diseases have relied on decades-old blunt-force strategies that essentially bludgeon a badly behaving immune system into submission. Marla Broadfoot, Scientific American, 1 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of bludgeon


1730, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1777, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bludgeon


origin unknown


verbal derivative of bludgeon entry 1

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“Bludgeon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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