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Dictionary Definition

bludgeon n : a club used as a weapon


1 overcome or coerce as if by using a heavy club; "The teacher bludgeoned the students into learning the math formulas"
2 strike with a club or a bludgeon [syn: club]

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Origin uncertain; recorded since 1868, from an earlier noun (1730), perhaps from bougeon, a diminutive of bouge "club, stick".


  • a UK /blʌdʒən/ /blVdZ@n/


  1. A short heavy club, often of wood, which is thicker or loaded at one end.
    She smashed the radio with a steel bludgeon.


short heavy club

See also


  1. To club, hit with a bludgeon
    The man in the brown coat was bludgeoned to death.

Derived terms


to clubber, hit with a bludgeon


Extensive Definition

Bludgeon has several meanings.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

bat, baton, be imminent, billy, billy club, blackjack, bluster, bluster out of, bounce, browbeat, bulldoze, bully, bullyrag, club, coerce, comminate, cow, demoralize, denounce, dragoon, forebode, harass, hector, hijack, huff, intimidate, look threatening, lower, menace, nightstick, shanghai, shillelagh, steamroller, strong-arm, systematically terrorize, terrorize, threaten, truncheon, use violence, utter threats against, war club, warn
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