Synonyms and Antonyms of soft–soap
1 to get (someone) to do something by gentle urging, special attention, or flattery <she cunningly soft-soaped her parents into letting her go on the trip> Synonyms blandish, blarney, cajole, palaver, soft-soap, sweet-talk, wheedleRelated Words adulate, flatter, overpraise; butter up, charm, massage, woo; beg, beseech, importune, urge; beguile, cozen, finagle, juggle, wangle, wile; entice, lure, seduce, temptNear Antonyms bug, harass, nag, pester, tease; browbeat, bulldoze, bully, cow, intimidate; coerce, compel, constrain, demand, force, make, oblige, require
2 to praise too much <shrewd voters who know when a politician is trying to soft-soap them> Synonyms adulate, belaud, blarney, butter up, hero-worship, honey, massage, overpraise, puff, soft-soap, strokeRelated Words blandish, cajole, coax, sweet-talk, wheedle; fawn, kowtow, suck (up to), toady; idolize, worship; eulogize, extol (also extoll), laud, praise; applaud, commend, compliment; congratulate, felicitate; drool, gush, slaver, slobber; endear, ingratiate; court, romance, wooNear Antonyms bad-mouth, belittle, decry, depreciate, disparage, put down
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up soft–soap? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).