verb (used with object)

to coax or influence by gentle flattery; cajole: They blandished the guard into letting them through the gate.

verb (used without object)

to use flattery or cajolery.

Origin of blandish

1350–1400; Middle English blandisshen < Anglo-French, Middle French blandiss-, long stem of blandir < Latin blandīrī to soothe, flatter. See bland, -ish2
Related formsblan·dish·er, nounblan·dish·ing·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for blandish

urge, wheedle, allure, coax, entice, beguile, caress, charm, cajole

Examples from the Web for blandish

Historical Examples of blandish

  • You have it to a charm—does it not become her infinitely, Mrs. Blandish?

    The Heiress;

    John Burgoyne

  • "To —— Heartly, Esq." Blandish, did you ever see any thing like it?

    The Heiress;

    John Burgoyne

  • 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.

    The Heiress;

    John Burgoyne

British Dictionary definitions for blandish



(tr) to seek to persuade or influence by mild flattery; coax

Word Origin for blandish

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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