As a noun, a bludgeon refers to a heavy club used as a weapon. Synonyms for bludgeon include truncheon, nightstick, cudgel, and billy club.

The verb bludgeon developed from the noun form. It means to strike repeatedly with a heavy club or similar weapon. If you have a cockroach invasion in your kitchen, you might be tempted to bludgeon the insects with a rolled up newspaper every time you turn on the lights. The verb bludgeon is also used metaphorically to mean to roughly coerce or force someone to do something as if you had a bludgeon. If your boss is a bully, he may bludgeon you and the other employees into working long hours for little recognition.

Definitions of bludgeon
  1. noun
    a club used as a weapon
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    blackjack, cosh, sap
    a piece of metal covered by leather with a flexible handle; used for hitting people
    type of:
    stout stick that is larger at one end
  2. verb
    strike with a club or a bludgeon
    synonyms: club
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    type of:
    deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument
  3. verb
    overcome or coerce as if by using a heavy club
    “The teacher bludgeoned the students into learning the math formulas”
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    type of:
    coerce, force, hale, pressure, squeeze
    to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :"She forced him to take a job in the city"
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