soft-soap

play
verb \ ˈsȯf(t)-ˈsōp \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of soft-soap

transitive verb
:to soothe or persuade with flattery or blarney

soft-soaper

play \ˈsȯf(t)-ˌsō-pər\ noun

First Known Use of soft-soap

1835

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

noun

Definition of soft soap

1 :a semifluid soap made especially from potassium hydroxide

Examples of soft soap in a Sentence

  1. a salesman who knows the value of soft soap in making a sale

First Known Use of soft soap

15th century


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.


Medical Dictionary

soft soap

noun

medical Definition of soft soap

:soap of a semifluid consistency made principally with potash and having various medical uses (as in the treatment of skin diseases); specifically :green soap


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