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bludgeon

noun blud·geon \ ˈblə-jən \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of bludgeon

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

Examples of bludgeon in a Sentence

  1. guards armed with bludgeons roamed the compound

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Origin and Etymology of bludgeon

origin unknown

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bludgeon

verb

Definition of bludgeon

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

  1. The victim was bludgeoned to death with a hammer.

  2. bludgeoned the door with an iron bar in a senseless act of vandalism

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Origin and Etymology of bludgeon

verbal derivative of 1bludgeon


BLUDGEON Defined for English Language Learners

bludgeon

noun

Definition of bludgeon for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of bludgeon for English Language Learners

  • : to hit (someone or something) very hard

  • : to use arguments or threats to force (someone) to do something



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