- transitive verb
Etymology: French cajoler
a. to persuade with flattery or gentle urging especially in the face of reluctance ; coax <had to cajole them into going> b. to obtain from someone by gentle persuasion <cajoleed money from his parents> 2. to deceive with soothing words or false promises • cajolement noun • cajoler noun • cajolery noun Synonyms: cajole, coax, soft-soap, blandish, wheedle mean to influence or persuade by pleasing words or actions. cajole suggests the deliberate use of flattery to persuade in the face of reluctance or reasonable objections <cajoled him into cheating on the final exam>. coax implies gentle and persistent words or actions employed to produce a desired effect <coaxed the cat out of the tree>. soft-soap refers to using smooth and somewhat insincere talk usually for personal gain <politicians soft-soaping eligible voters>. blandish implies a more open desire to win a person over by effusive praise and affectionate actions <legislators blandished with promises of support>. wheedle suggests more strongly than cajole the use of seductive appeal or artful words in persuading <hucksters wheedling her life's savings out of her>.
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.