soft–soap

play
verb \ˈsȯf(t)-ˈsōp\

Definition of soft–soap

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to soothe or persuade with flattery or blarney

soft–soaper

play \ˈsȯf(t)-ˌsō-pər\ noun

1840

First Known Use of soft–soap

1840

Synonym Discussion of soft–soap

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

SOFT–SOAP Defined for English Language Learners

soft-soap

play
verb

Definition of soft–soap for English Language Learners

  • : to try to persuade (someone) to do something by using praise, kind words, etc.

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