cajole


ca·jole

verb \kə-ˈjōl\

: to persuade someone to do something or to give you something by making promises or saying nice things

ca·joledca·jol·ing

Full Definition of CAJOLE

transitive verb
1
a :  to persuade with flattery or gentle urging especially in the face of reluctance :  coax <had to cajole them into going>
b :  to obtain from someone by gentle persuasion <cajoled money from his parents>
2
:  to deceive with soothing words or false promises
ca·jole·ment \-ˈjōl-mənt\ noun
ca·jol·er noun
ca·jol·ery \-ˈjō-lə-rē\ noun

Examples of CAJOLE

  1. <cajoled her into doing his laundry for him>

Origin of CAJOLE

French cajoler
First Known Use: 1630

Synonym Discussion of CAJOLE

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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