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blandishment

[blan-dish-muhnt]
noun
  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

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

enticementadulationpraiseblarneyallurementwheedlingcoaxingcajolerysycophancyfawning

Examples from the Web for blandishments

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  • 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

blandishments

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

blandishment

n.

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

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