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.

Origin of blandishment

First recorded in 1585–95; blandish + -ment

Synonyms for blandishment

flattery, cajolery, wheedling, ingratiation, fawning, blarney. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for blandishments

Contemporary Examples of blandishments

  • Big deal, you can almost hear Democrats collectively say, but these are the kinds of blandishments that get deals done.

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    The Tea Party’s Debt Triumph

    Eleanor Clift

    August 1, 2011

Historical Examples of blandishments

  • I should have a third, but she is surrounded by the blandishments of flattery and courtship.

  • It is not too much to say that she had shown herself to be a creature of blandishments.

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Her uncle could no longer resist her blandishments; he raised his head and smiled at her.

  • However, in spite of all Muche's blandishments, she still refused to leave the footway.

  • Mr. Zachary Smith resisted the blandishments of “cut-throat” euchre.

British Dictionary definitions for blandishments


pl n

(rarely singular) flattery intended to coax or cajole
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Word Origin and History for blandishments



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper