Blandish Blan"dish, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Blandished}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Blandishing}.] [OE. blaundisen, F. blandir, fr. L. blandiri, fr. blandus mild, flattering.] 1. To flatter with kind words or affectionate actions; to caress; to cajole. [1913 Webster]

2. To make agreeable and enticing. [1913 Webster]

Mustering all her wiles, With blandished parleys. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • blandish — index coax, inveigle, persuade, pressure Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • blandish — (v.) c.1300, from O.Fr. blandiss , prp. stem of blandir to flatter, caress, from L. blandiri flatter, soothe, caress, coax, from blandus (see BLAND (Cf. bland)). OED reports it rare in 17c., 18c. Related: Blandished; blandishing …   Etymology dictionary

  • blandish — wheedle, cajole, *coax Analogous words: allure, charm, bewitch, captivate (see ATTRACT): *lure, entice, seduce: beguile, delude (see DECEIVE) Contrasted words: constrain, oblige, coerce, compel, *force: drive, impel (see MOVE): *intimidate, cow,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • blandish — [blan′dish] vt., vi. [ME blandishen < OFr blandiss , extended stem of blandir, to flatter < L blandiri, to flatter < BLAND] to flatter or coax in persuading; cajole blandisher n. blandishingly adv …   English World dictionary

  • blandish — /ˈblændɪʃ / (say blandish) verb (t) to treat flatteringly; coax; cajole. {Middle English blaundysh(en), from Old French blandiss , stem of blandir, from Latin blandīre flatter} –blandisher, noun …   Australian English dictionary

  • blandish — verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French blandiss , stem of blandir, from Latin blandiri, from blandus mild, flattering Date: 14th century transitive verb to coax with flattery ; cajole intransitive verb to act or speak in a flattering… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • blandish — blandisher, n. blandishingly, adv. /blan dish/, v.t. 1. to coax or influence by gentle flattery; cajole: They blandished the guard into letting them through the gate. v.i. 2. to use flattery or cajolery. [1350 1400; ME blandisshen < AF, MF… …   Universalium

  • blandish — verb a) to persuade someone by using flattery; to cajole b) to praise someone dishonestly; to flatter or butter up …   Wiktionary

  • blandish — Synonyms and related words: adulate, advocate, allure, apply pressure, bait, bait the hook, banter, be hypocritical, beguile, beset, besiege, beslobber, beslubber, blarney, bug, buttonhole, cajole, call on, call upon, cant, charm, coax,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • blandish — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. coax, cajole. See flattery. II (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb 1. To persuade or try to persuade by gentle persistent urging or flattery: cajole, coax, honey, wheedle. Informal: soft soap, sweet talk.… …   English dictionary for students

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