Definition of cajole
1a : to persuade with flattery or gentle urging especially in the face of reluctance : coax had to cajole them into goingb : to obtain from someone by gentle persuasion cajoled money from his parents
2 : to deceive with soothing words or false promises cajoled himself with thoughts of escape — Robertson Davies
cajolementplay \-ˈjōl-mənt\ noun
cajoleryplay \-ˈjō-lə-rē\ noun
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Examples of cajole in a Sentence
cajoled her into doing his laundry for him
Recent Examples of cajole from the Web
Behind the scenes, a president works to bring along the last, wavering lawmakers, calling, cajoling and applying the pressure.
Jordan begged and wheedled and cajoled to get his grandmother to part with the recipe.
A Massachusetts woman who is charged with involuntary manslaughter because of text messages prosecutors say cajoled a teen boy into committing suicide was found guilty Friday.
After Katrina, Maestri remembered that Coulon told him the job's main task was to scare people, to cajole them into leaving in advance of storms.
Adams, who’s directing the series’s 100th episode, was then cajoled into a dream other than Harry and Meghan getting married.
Carter, then 17, cajoled Roy to kill himself in July 2014 with a series of texts and phone calls, prosecutors allege.
For years, a wide spectrum of groups in the U.S. lectured, cajoled and entreated China to go green.
Episode 5—Team Underwood cajoles Congress nine weeks after the election.
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Did You Know?
Cajole comes from a French verb, cajoler, which is all about cajoling, coaxing, and chattering. You might not think to associate "cajole" with "cage," but some etymologists theorize that "cajoler" is connected to not one but two words for "cage." One of them is the Anglo-French cage, from which we borrowed our own word cage. It comes from Latin cavea, meaning "cage." The other is the Anglo-French word for "birdcage," which is "gaiole." It's an ancestor of our word jail, and it derives from Late Latin caveola, which means "little cage." Anglo-French speakers had a related verb, "gaioler," which meant "to chatter like a jay in a cage." It's possible that "cajoler" is a combination of "gaioler" and "cage."
Origin and Etymology of cajole
First Known Use: 1630See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of cajole
CAJOLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cajole for English Language Learners
: to persuade someone to do something or to give you something by making promises or saying nice things
CAJOLE Defined for Kids
Definition of cajole for Students
: to coax or persuade especially by flattery or false promises She cajoled me into accompanying her.
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