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coax

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of coax

  1. to get (someone) to do something by gentle urging, special attention, or flattery trying to coax their father into taking them on a ski trip, the teens mentioned what a great skier he is Synonyms of coax blandish, blarney, cajole, palaver, soft-soap, sweet-talk, wheedle Words Related to coax adulate, flatter, overpraise; butter up, charm, massage, woo; beg, beseech, importune, urge; beguile, cozen, finagle, juggle, wangle, wile; entice, lure, seduce, tempt Near Antonyms of coax bug, harass, nag, pester, tease; browbeat, bulldoze, bully, cow, intimidate; coerce, compel, constrain, demand, force, make, oblige, require

Synonym Discussion of coax

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


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