Definition of blandishment in English:

Share this entry

blandishment

Pronunciation: /ˈblandɪʃm(ə)nt/

noun

(often blandishments)
A flattering or pleasing statement or action used as a means of gently persuading someone to do something: the blandishments of the travel brochure
More example sentences
  • Despite all his blandishments, threats and persuasion, he did not get his heart's desire.
  • It should not be enough that he was subjected to blandishments and payment in order to persuade him to give evidence.
  • For the moment he has been resisting the president's blandishments and coaxing on the war policy.
Synonyms
flattery, cajolery, coaxing, wheedling, honeyed words, smooth talk, soft words, blarney;
informal sweet talk, soft soap, smarm, spiel, ego massage, buttering up, cosying up, cuddling up
British informal flannel
Australian/New Zealand informal guyver, smoodging
archaic glozing, lip salve, cajolement

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: bland¦ish|ment

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.