bludgeon

noun
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

bludgeon

verb
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

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Examples of bludgeon in a Sentence

Noun

guards armed with bludgeons roamed the compound

Verb

The victim was bludgeoned to death with a hammer. bludgeoned the door with an iron bar in a senseless act of vandalism
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Trump has increasingly relied on tariffs as a bludgeon to try to force other nations to bend to his will, dismissing warnings, including from fellow Republicans, about the likely impacts on American manufacturers and consumers. Jill Colvin, Time, "Trump Sees Progress in Mexico Talks But 'Not Nearly Enough' to Halt Tariffs," 7 June 2019 Today, left-wing activists use these terms as bludgeons to intimidate those who disagree with them from entering the dialogue at all. Fox News, "Laura Ingraham announces new segment 'Defending the First'," 10 Apr. 2018 That's the bleak essence of the man who created and led Fox News to ratings glory as a bludgeon for right-wing politics, according to this seven-episode limited series that begins Sunday on Showtime. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Showtime's 'Loudest Voice' falls short by giving Roger Ailes too much of a bully pulpit," 28 June 2019 Trump has increasingly relied on tariffs as a bludgeon to try to force other nations to bend to his will, dismissing warnings, including from fellow Republicans, about the likely impacts on American manufacturers and consumers. Jill Colvin, Time, "Trump Sees Progress in Mexico Talks But 'Not Nearly Enough' to Halt Tariffs," 7 June 2019 Trump has increasingly relied on tariffs as a bludgeon to try to force other nations to bend to his will, dismissing warnings, including from fellow Republicans, about the likely impacts on American manufacturers and consumers. Jill Colvin, Time, "Trump Sees Progress in Mexico Talks But 'Not Nearly Enough' to Halt Tariffs," 7 June 2019 The larger cost is the precedent of using tariffs as a bludgeon on non-trade issues. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Paying for Mexico’s Wall," 9 June 2019 Trump has increasingly relied on tariffs as a bludgeon to try to force other nations to bend to his will, dismissing warnings, including from fellow Republicans, about the likely impacts on American manufacturers and consumers. Jill Colvin, Time, "Trump Sees Progress in Mexico Talks But 'Not Nearly Enough' to Halt Tariffs," 7 June 2019 Trump has increasingly relied on tariffs as a bludgeon to try to force other nations to bend to his will, dismissing warnings, including from fellow Republicans, about the likely impacts on American manufacturers and consumers. Jill Colvin, Washington Post, "Trump says no deal yet with Mexico to halt 5% tariff plan," 6 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

That’s what happens when the only U.S. ship capable of bludgeoning through heavy ice is 43 years old and a new icebreaker is still five years away. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: The madness of mass shootings," 5 Aug. 2019 Fears of a no-deal Brexit have bludgeoned the pound—and Edinburgh’s world famous Fringe Festival is feeling the impact. Alan Murray, Fortune, "The Dark Side of Customer Service: CEO Daily," 5 Aug. 2019 They were bound and bludgeoned, covered by a comforter. Tribune News Service, oregonlive.com, "The Man in the Window: Closing in on DeAngelo (Part Four)," 23 June 2019 The technique is known as bloodstain-pattern analysis, a method Lee used to testify for the defense in the high-profile case of fiction writer Michael Peterson, who was convicted of bludgeoning his wife and pushing her down the stairs in 2001. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "An expert’s testimony about a bloody towel helped win murder convictions. But it wasn’t blood.," 18 June 2019 Authorities on Monday, Sept. 24, arrested a man on suspicion of bludgeoning a homeless man in Santa Monica, Calif., earlier Monday. Fox News, "Latest: Foul play against suspect's missing uncle, aunt eyed," 28 Sep. 2018 But then why bludgeon Freud, not to mention market economists, academics and behavioral scientists, with bad-faith charges that are beneath Robinson’s great, empathic mind? Scott Esposito, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘What Are We Doing Here? Essays,’ by Marilynne Robinson," 21 Feb. 2018 One was the abduction and killing of 11-year-old Esther Lebowitz, bludgeoned to death in the basement of a store selling tropical fish. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "How 2 unrelated deaths from 1969 inspired Baltimore crime novelist Laura Lippman’s ‘Lady in the Lake’," 23 July 2019 As the game wore on, Orlando City shifted its 10 field players across midfield, bludgeoning the Red Bulls with a series of corners and crosses. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City suffers 1-0 home loss to New York Red Bulls despite second half rally," 23 July 2019

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First Known Use of bludgeon

Noun

1730, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1777, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bludgeon

Noun

origin unknown

Verb

verbal derivative of bludgeon entry 1

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bludgeon

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bludgeon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a heavy stick that usually has one thick end and is used as a weapon
: something that is used to attack or bully someone

bludgeon

verb

English Language Learners Definition of bludgeon (Entry 2 of 2)

: to hit (someone or something) very hard
: to use arguments or threats to force (someone) to do something

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