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)


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