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cajolery

[kuh-joh-luh-ree] /kəˈdʒoʊ lə ri/
noun, plural cajoleries.
1.
persuasion by flattery or promises; wheedling; coaxing.
Origin of cajolery
1640-1650
From the French word cajolerie, dating back to 1640-50. See cajole, -ery
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Historical Examples
  • The day of mere repression is drawing to a close, the day of cajolery is at hand.

    Socialism As It Is William English Walling
  • They can resist appeals to their dearest prejudices and all kinds of cajolery.

    Folkways

    William Graham Sumner
  • That was demanded; ever offered in cajolery to encourage my pistol practice.

    Desert Dust Edwin L. Sabin
  • John went back to the house with no concealment and no cajolery.

    The Wind Before the Dawn Dell H. Munger
  • Stand off, sir; cajolery will not do your work any more than threats.

    In the King's Name George Manville Fenn
  • This cajolery took effect, and the Widow Vereker's soul softened.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • The cajolery was foolish, if an end was in view; the repression inefficient.

  • She was wholly feminine, and hence there was in her a trace of cajolery which she now used.

    The Candidate Joseph Alexander Altsheler
  • Blinded by vanity, he was flattered and deceived by her cajolery.

  • He was a master of the arts alike of cajolery and intimidation.

Word Origin and History for cajolery
n.

1640s, from French cajolerie "persuasion by flattery" (16c.), from cajoler (see cajole).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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