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[blan-dish-muh nt] /ˈblæn dɪʃ mənt/
Often, blandishments. something, as an action or speech, that tends to flatter, coax, entice, etc.:
Our blandishments left him unmoved. We succumbed to the blandishments of tropical living.
Origin of blandishment
First recorded in 1585-95; blandish + -ment
flattery, cajolery, wheedling, ingratiation, fawning, blarney. Unabridged
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  • She had always considered herself superior to its blandishments.

    A Devotee Mary Cholmondeley
  • blandishments will not fascinate us, nor will threats of a "halter" intimidate.

    Familiar Quotations John Bartlett
  • A flustered group would succumb to Bud's blandishments and he would shoo them aboard a green car.

    Back Home Irvin S. Cobb
  • The blandishments of young womanhood were past his time of day.

    Laramie Holds the Range Frank H. Spearman
  • All our blandishments were of no avail with the heartless insect.

    Norway Beatrix Jungman
  • Mr. Zachary Smith resisted the blandishments of “cut-throat” euchre.

    The Hound From The North Ridgwell Cullum
  • Yet it was conspicuously to Sholto that La Meffraye directed most of her blandishments.

    The Black Douglas S. R. Crockett
  • Those sensitive creatures have no ears for our blandishments.

    The Mirror of the Sea Joseph Conrad
  • His practised eye is not to be imposed upon either by the blandishments of the bang-tail, or the bereavements of the dock.

British Dictionary definitions for blandishments


plural noun
(rarely sing) flattery intended to coax or cajole
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for blandishments



"flattering speech," 1590s, from blandish + -ment. Sense of "attraction, allurement" (often blandishments) is from 1590s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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