Persuade (someone) to do something by sustained coaxing or flattery: he hoped to cajole her into selling him her house
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- Elsewhere, it may be acceptable for shop assistants to flatter and cajole you into buying anything, irrespective of whether it suits you.
- Despite the fact he was only thirteen, it seemed the young prince was already a Casanova in the making, an expert at coaxing and cajoling girls.
- Housing associations and the government use many misleading arguments to persuade and cajole council tenants into agreeing to stock transfers.
persuade, wheedle, coax, talk into, manoeuvre, get round, prevail on, beguile, blarney, flatter, seduce, lure, entice, tempt, inveigle, woo
informal sweet-talk, soft-soap, butter up, twist someone's arm
- Example sentences
- It takes a certain degree of cajolement and leadership to help us all head in the right direction.
- You just have to hope that I have not been unduly influenced by any lunches, gifts or cajolements along the way.
- I do not pretend to know what combination of threats and cajolements they offered, but they obviously succeeded.
Mid 17th century: from French cajoler.
Words that rhyme with cajolebarcarole, bole, bowl, coal, Cole, condole, console, control, dhole, dole, droll, enrol (US enroll), extol, foal, goal, hole, Joel, knoll, kohl, mol, mole, Nicole, parol, parole, patrol, pole, poll, prole, rôle, roll, scroll, Seoul, shoal, skoal, sole, soul, stole, stroll, thole, Tirol, toad-in-the-hole, toll, troll, vole, whole
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