transitive verb (cajoled; cajoling) Etymology: French cajoler Date: 1630 1. 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 nouncajoler nouncajolery 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.


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