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blandish

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verb blan·dish \ˈblan-dish\

Definition of blandish

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to coax with flattery :  cajole

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to act or speak in a flattering or coaxing manner

blan·dish·er noun


Examples of blandish

  1. <blandished her into doing their work for them by complimenting her shamelessly>



Origin of blandish

Middle English, from Anglo-French blandiss-, stem of blandir, from Latin blandiri, from blandus mild, flattering


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of blandish

cajole, coax, soft-soap, blandish, wheedle mean to influence or persuade by pleasing words or actions. cajole suggests the deliberate use of flattery to persuade in the face of reluctance or reasonable objections <cajoled him into cheating on the final exam>. coax implies gentle and persistent words or actions employed to produce a desired effect <coaxed the cat out of the tree>. soft-soap refers to using smooth and somewhat insincere talk usually for personal gain <politicians soft-soaping eligible voters>. blandish implies a more open desire to win a person over by effusive praise and affectionate actions <legislators blandished with promises of support>. wheedle suggests more strongly than cajole the use of seductive appeal or artful words in persuading <hucksters wheedling her life's savings out of her>.

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