blandish

[blan-dish]
verb (used with object)
1.
to coax or influence by gentle flattery; cajole: They blandished the guard into letting them through the gate.
verb (used without object)
2.
to use flattery or cajolery.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English blandisshen < Anglo-French, Middle French blandiss-, long stem of blandir < Latin blandīrī to soothe, flatter. See bland, -ish2

blandisher, noun
blandishingly, adverb
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blandish (ˈblændɪʃ)
 
vb
(tr) to seek to persuade or influence by mild flattery; coax
 
[C14: from Old French blandir from Latin blandīrī]

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blandish
c.1300, from O.Fr. blandiss-, prp. stem of blandir "to flatter, caress," from L. blandiri "flatter," from blandus "mild, smooth" (see bland).
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It's something people are used to being sort of blandish and middle of the road.
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