[ 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.

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 forms

blan·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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