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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 ?
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.
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.
But the other two were still older the blandishment of his child-like innocence.
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.
inquired Irais with a shocked face, "and had you lent a willing ear to the blandishments of ninety-nine before you reached your final destiny?
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 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
Those sensitive creatures have no ears for our blandishments.
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.
She jerked back at each attempt, uttering a sound very much like a snarl; nor could all the blandishments of the captain, albeit a pleasant, good-looking, and somewhat gallant man, succeed in conquering the shyness of the savage little beauty.
The very circumstance of her hovering round me like a fascinated bird, seemed to transform me into a rigid pillar of stone; her flatteries irritated my scorn, her blandishments confirmed my reserve.