bludgeon

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noun

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

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verb

bludgeoned; bludgeoning; bludgeons

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

Example Sentences

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
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., publicly rebuked the plan and Biden has used Scott's proposal as a political bludgeon against Republicans before the midterm elections. Fatima Hussein, ajc, 13 Oct. 2022 Scott’s proposal as a political bludgeon against Republicans ahead of midterm elections. Fatima Hussein, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Oct. 2022 Scott’s proposal as a political bludgeon against Republicans ahead of midterm elections. Fatima Hussein, BostonGlobe.com, 13 Oct. 2022 Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., publicly rebuked the plan and Mr. Biden has used Mr. Scott’s proposal as a political bludgeon against Republicans ahead of midterm elections. Fatima Hussein, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 Oct. 2022 Scott’s proposal as a political bludgeon against Republicans ahead of midterm elections. Time, 13 Oct. 2022 In the process, USC has become a punching bag, a bludgeon and a running thread in an increasingly acrimonious mayoral race. Matt Hamilton, Los Angeles Times, 11 Sep. 2022 The bill’s main tool, its proverbial bludgeon, is a new set of tax credits that could remake the way that America generates electricity. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 28 July 2022 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
Verb
Considering how much the protection for QBs has evolved since the 1960s and 1970s, when defenders could bludgeon passers with impunity, the logical end point will be something that was unthinkable decades ago. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Oct. 2022 The voters of Arizona have a clear choice between Hobbs, who fights for election integrity, and Lake, who her critics fear will bludgeon democracy if given half a chance. Dean Obeidallah, CNN, 17 Oct. 2022 The battling footage, which is apparently rendered in real time on PS5, ranges from screens full of wimpy monsters for Kratos to chain-whip all over the place to larger, super-sized beasts that Kratos has to wrestle and bludgeon. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 14 Sep. 2022 Long gone are the days when NL and AL players would bludgeon each other for bragging rights. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 19 July 2022 In doing so, Gensler has sought to bludgeon mainstream companies like Coinbase, which have (mostly) followed the rules all while letting the worst actors run amok. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, 28 July 2022 Opposing big men would routinely bludgeon him in the paint, putting up career numbers on some nights. Rahat Huq, Chron, 21 June 2022 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, chicagotribune.com, 14 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

origin unknown

Verb

verbal derivative of bludgeon entry 1

First Known Use

Noun

1730, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1777, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bludgeon was in 1730

Dictionary Entries Near bludgeon

Cite this Entry

“Bludgeon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bludgeon. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

bludgeon 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

bludgeon

2 of 2

verb

: to hit very hard : beat

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