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  1. 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.
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Origin of blandishment

First recorded in 1585–95; blandish + -ment

Synonyms for blandishment

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flattery, cajolery, wheedling, ingratiation, fawning, blarney.
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Related Words for blandishment

enticement, adulation, praise, blarney, allurement, wheedling, coaxing, cajolery, sycophancy, fawning

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Word Origin and History for blandishment


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

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