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Examples of blandish in a Sentence
blandished her into doing their work for them by complimenting her shamelessly
Did You Know?
The word blandish has been a part of the English language since at least the 14th century with virtually no change in its meaning. It ultimately derives from blandus, a Latin word meaning "mild" or "flattering." One of the earliest known uses of blandish can be found in the sacred writings of Richard Rolle de Hampole, an English hermit and mystic, who cautioned against "the dragon that blandishes with the head and smites with the tail." Although blandish might not exactly be suggestive of dullness, it was the "mild" sense of blandus that gave us our adjective bland, which has a lesser-known sense meaning "smooth and soothing in manner or quality."
Origin and Etymology of blandish
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonymscoax, blarney, cajole, palaver, soft-soap, sweet-talk, wheedle
Related Wordsadulate, flatter, overpraise; butter up, charm, massage, woo; beg, beseech, importune, urge; beguile, cozen, finagle, juggle, wangle, wile; entice, lure, seduce, tempt
Near Antonymsbug, harass, nag, pester, tease; browbeat, bulldoze, bully, cow, intimidate; coerce, compel, constrain, demand, force, make, oblige, require
Synonym Discussion of blandish
- cajoled him into cheating on the final exam
- coaxed the cat out of the tree
- politicians soft-soaping eligible voters
- legislators blandished with promises of support
- hucksters wheedling her life's savings out of her
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