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Friday, August 12, 2016

Definitions for blandishment

  1. 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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Citations for blandishment
This daughter or Atlas has got hold of poor unhappy Ulysses, and keeps trying by every kind of blandishment to make him forget his home, so that he is tired of life, and thinks nothing but how he may once more see the smoke of his own chimneys. Homer, The Odyssey, translated by Samuel Butler, 1900
When he speaks outside the lecture hall, he smothers friends and students with a stew of blandishment and praise. Nathan Heller, "Laptop U," New Yorker, May 20, 2013
Origin of blandishment
Blandishment and its etymon blandish can be traced to the Latin blandīrī meaning "to soothe, flatter." It entered English in the late 1500s.