verb blan·dish \ˈblan-dish\

Definition of BLANDISH

transitive verb
:  to coax with flattery :  cajole
intransitive verb
:  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>.

Rhymes with BLANDISH


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