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bludgeon

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Etymology

First attested in 1730. Origin uncertain. Could be of Cornish origin, or perhaps from Middle French bougeon, a diminutive of bouge (club, stick).

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
bludgeon

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

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Verb

Infinitive
to bludgeon

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to bludgeon (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To strike or hit with something hard, usually on the head; to club.
    The man in the brown coat was bludgeoned to death.
  2. To force something upon others, as if with a bludgeon.
    Our teachers' favorite method involved bludgeoning us with the same old arguments in favor of their opinions.

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References

  • "bludgeon" in the Online Etymology Dictionary, Douglas Harper, 2001

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