blandish


verb (used with object)

  1. to coax or influence by gentle flattery; cajole: They blandished the guard into letting them through the gate.

verb (used without object)

  1. to use flattery or cajolery.

verb

  1. (tr) to seek to persuade or influence by mild flattery; coax
v.

c.1300, from Old French blandiss-, present participle stem of blandir “to flatter, caress,” from Latin blandiri “flatter, soothe, caress, coax,” from blandus (see bland). OED reports it rare in 17c., 18c. Related: Blandished; blandishing.

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