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[kuh-joh-luh-ree] /kəˈdʒoʊ lə ri/
noun, plural cajoleries.
persuasion by flattery or promises; wheedling; coaxing.
Origin of cajolery
1640-50; < French cajolerie. See cajole, -ery Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He was by nature a flatterer; and few women could withstand the cajolery of his green eyes, and of his charming smile.

    Mrs. Craddock W. Somerset Maugham
  • They can resist appeals to their dearest prejudices and all kinds of cajolery.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • She was wholly feminine, and hence there was in her a trace of cajolery which she now used.

    The Candidate Joseph Alexander Altsheler
  • John went back to the house with no concealment and no cajolery.

    The Wind Before the Dawn Dell H. Munger
  • Quit when you like and make it up with cajolery was a motto that Elliott had found very useful.

    The Camerons of Highboro Beth B. Gilchrist
  • Stand off, sir; cajolery will not do your work any more than threats.

    In the King's Name George Manville Fenn
  • All her life, strength had been her idol, and the weakness that bent to her cajolery her scorn.

    The Little Minister J. M. Barrie
  • This cajolery took effect, and the Widow Vereker's soul softened.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • Had bribery been employed, had force been used, had threats or intimidation, persuasion or cajolery polluted the voters?

  • Blinded by vanity, he was flattered and deceived by her cajolery.

Word Origin and History for cajolery

1640s, from French cajolerie "persuasion by flattery" (16c.), from cajoler (see cajole).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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