Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To coax by flattery or wheedling; cajole.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To flatter with kind words or affectionate actions; to caress; to cajole.
  • transitive verb To make agreeable and enticing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To persuade someone by using flattery; to cajole.
  • verb transitive To praise someone dishonestly; to flatter or butter up.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb praise somewhat dishonestly

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English blandishen, from Old French blandir, blandiss-, from Latin blandīrī, from blandus, flattering; see mel- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English blandishen, from Middle French blandir, from Latin blanditia ("flattery, coaxing")

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