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Sunday, November 21, 1999

Definitions for blandishment

  1. Speech or action that flatters and tends to coax, entice, or persuade; allurement -- often used in the plural.

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Citations for blandishment
But she had not risen at all to the law fellow's blandishments, his attempts to interest her in his ideas and persuade her to set forth her own. John Bayley, Elegy for Iris
And that my English-speaking victims find my blandishments so pretty, accented as they are, and yield to my soft lustrous Italian pronunciations, is a constant source of bliss for me. Anne Rice, Vittorio, the Vampire
Origin of blandishment
1585-1595
Blandishment ultimately comes from Latin blandiri, "to flatter, caress, coax," from blandus, "flattering, mild."