from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To coax by flattery or wheedling; cajole.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To persuade someone by using flattery; to cajole.
- v. To praise someone dishonestly; to flatter or butter up.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To flatter with kind words or affectionate actions; to caress; to cajole.
- transitive v. To make agreeable and enticing.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. praise somewhat dishonestly
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)
From Middle English blandishen, from Middle French blandir, from Latin blanditia ("flattery, coaxing") (Wiktionary)