American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To coax by flattery or wheedling; cajole.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To flatter; caress; coax or cajole with complaisant speech or caressing act.
- To render pleasing, alluring, or enticing.
- To offer or bestow blandly or caressingly: as, to blandish words or favors.
- To assume a caressing or blandishing manner.
- v. transitive To persuade someone by using flattery; to cajole.
- v. transitive To praise someone dishonestly; to flatter or butter up.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To flatter with kind words or affectionate actions; to caress; to cajole.
- v. To make agreeable and enticing.
- v. praise somewhat dishonestly
- From Middle English blandishen, from Middle French blandir, from Latin blanditia ("flattery, coaxing") (Wiktionary)
- Middle English blandishen, from Old French blandir, blandiss-, from Latin blandīrī, from blandus, flattering; see mel-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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