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[blan-dish] /ˈblæn dɪʃ/
verb (used with object)
to coax or influence by gentle flattery; cajole:
They blandished the guard into letting them through the gate.
verb (used without object)
to use flattery or cajolery.
Origin of blandish
1350-1400; Middle English blandisshen < Anglo-French, Middle French blandiss-, long stem of blandir < Latin blandīrī to soothe, flatter. See bland, -ish2
Related forms
blandisher, noun
blandishingly, adverb Unabridged
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  • It's something people are used to being sort of blandish and middle of the road.
British Dictionary definitions for blandish


(transitive) to seek to persuade or influence by mild flattery; coax
Word Origin
C14: from Old French blandir from Latin blandīrī
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Word Origin and History for blandish

c.1300, from Old French blandiss-, present participle stem of blandir "to flatter, caress," from Latin blandiri "flatter, soothe, caress, coax," from blandus (see bland). OED reports it rare in 17c., 18c. Related: Blandished; blandishing.

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