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
Episode 5—Team Underwood cajoles Congress nine weeks after the election.
The center on three Bulls championship teams, the gravel-voiced Cartwright went even hoarser trying to cajole of the likes of Trenton Hassell and Dalibor Bagaric as a head coach.
Some of us may try to cajole our professor into giving us some sort of makeup assignment or test.
Cajoled on issues like climate change and NATO's defense pact, he's responded by scolding some of the United States' most loyal allies for not paying their fair share.
The newspaper and its parent, Knight-Ridder, filed the suit in November after several months of trying to cajole the company into changing its name.
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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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