- to coax or influence by gentle flattery; cajole: They blandished the guard into letting them through the gate.
- to use flattery or cajolery.
Origin of blandish
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Examples from the Web for blandish
You have it to a charm—does it not become her infinitely, Mrs. Blandish?
"To —— Heartly, Esq." Blandish, did you ever see any thing like it?
So Lady Blandish thought, and so said her soft, deep-eyed smile, as she perused the ground while listening to the project.
He was, therefore, rather surprised at a coldness in Lady Blandish's manner when he did appear.
Adieu, Blandish; if you see Prompt first, I trust to you for the quickest communication of intelligence.
- (tr) to seek to persuade or influence by mild flattery; coax
C14: from Old French blandir from Latin blandīrī
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Word Origin and History for blandish
c.1300, from Old French blandiss-, present participle stem of blandir "to flatter, caress," from Latin blandiri "flatter, soothe, caress, coax," from blandus (see bland). OED reports it rare in 17c., 18c. Related: Blandished; blandishing.
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