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Related to blandishment: flattering, narrow, insignificant


tr.v. blan·dished, blan·dish·ing, blan·dish·es
To coax by flattery or wheedling; cajole.

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

blan′dish·er n.
blan′dish·ment n.


(ˈblæn dɪʃ mənt)

Often, blandishments. something, as an action or speech, that tends to entice.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.blandishment - flattery intended to persuade
flattery - excessive or insincere praise
2.blandishment - the act of urging by means of teasing or flattery
enticement, temptation - the act of influencing by exciting hope or desire; "his enticements were shameless"
ingratiation, insinuation - the act of gaining acceptance or affection for yourself by persuasive and subtle blandishments; "she refused to use insinuation in order to gain favor"


Excessive, ingratiating praise:
Informal: soft soap.
Idiom: honeyed words.


nSchmeichelei f
References in classic literature ?
As thus he spake, each Bird and Beast behold Approaching two and two, These cowring low With blandishment, each Bird stoop'd on his wing.
This daughter of Atlas has got hold of poor unhappy Ulysses, and keeps trying by every kind of blandishment to make him forget his home, so that he is tired of life, and thinks of nothing but how he may once more see the smoke of his own chimneys.
So, through the rest of the walk, he claimed Adam's conversation for himself, and Hetty laid her small plots and imagined her little scenes of cunning blandishment, as she walked along by the hedgerows on honest Adam's arm, quite as well as if she had been an elegantly clad coquette alone in her boudoir.
The expression with which the youth received this present was indescribable, He appeared to yield to the blandishment of her air, in opposition to a strong inward impulse to the contrary.
Their condition of domiciliary comradeship put her, as the woman, to such disadvantage by its enforced intercourse, that he felt it unfair to her to exercise any pressure of blandishment which he might have honestly employed had she been better able to avoid him.
But the other two were still older the blandishment of his child-like innocence.
There he sat; and all he could do --for all my polite arts and blandishments --he would not move a peg, nor say a single word, nor even look at me, nor notice my presence in any the slightest way.
Edgewise moved along the oily deck, it operates like a leathern squilgee; and by nameless blandishments, as of magic, allures along with it all impurities.
A man who will never more be trapped--whom no blandishments will cajole, whom no threats will frighten; who from tonight on will move forward, and not backward, who will study and understand, who will gird on his sword and take his place in the army of his comrades and brothers.
But Miss Mowcher, finding that I was not at present disposed for any decoration within the range of her art, and that I was, for the time being, proof against the blandishments of the small bottle which she held up before one eye to enforce her persuasions, said we would make a beginning on an early day, and requested the aid of my hand to descend from her elevated station.
See, brother Conrade, the peril of yielding to the first devices and blandishments of Satan
A woman is anxious to exhibit her form and shape, whether walking, standing, sitting, or even sleeping; even when represented as a picture, she desires most of all to set off the blandishments of her beauty, and thus rob men of their steadfast heart