[ blan-dish ]
/ ˈblæn dɪʃ /

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.

Nearby words

  1. blancs,
  2. bland,
  3. bland diet,
  4. bland out,
  5. bland-allison act,
  6. blandishment,
  7. blandishments,
  8. blandly,
  9. blank,
  10. blank cartridge

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

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British Dictionary definitions for blandish


/ (ˈblændɪʃ) /


(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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