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noun, plural ca·jol·er·ies.
  1. persuasion by flattery or promises; wheedling; coaxing.
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Origin of cajolery

From the French word cajolerie, dating back to 1640–50. See cajole, -ery
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  • The day of mere repression is drawing to a close, the day of cajolery is at hand.

    Socialism As It Is

    William English Walling

  • They can resist appeals to their dearest prejudices and all kinds of cajolery.


    William Graham Sumner

  • That was demanded; ever offered in cajolery to encourage my pistol practice.

    Desert Dust

    Edwin L. Sabin

  • John went back to the house with no concealment and no cajolery.

  • Stand off, sir; cajolery will not do your work any more than threats.

    In the King's Name

    George Manville Fenn

Word Origin and History for cajolery


1640s, from French cajolerie "persuasion by flattery" (16c.), from cajoler (see cajole).

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