Definition of cajolery in English:



  • [mass noun] Coaxing or flattery intended to persuade someone to do something.

    ‘she uses cajolery, deception, and manipulation to get what she wants’
    • ‘Instead, she uses cajolery, deception, and sexual manipulation to trick him out of consummating the marriage.’
    • ‘We then went through an intensive process of negotiation, cajolery, threats, and mathematical calculations to put together a deal that everyone could support.’
    • ‘The merits of his cajoleries won't be discussed here, because they lack merit.’
    • ‘Never had I read more flattering, in-your-face cajolery.’
    • ‘It would be the ultimate weapon in journalistic cajolery.’
    persuasion, wheedling, coaxing, inveiglement
    blandishments, blarney, beguilement, flattery, honeyed words, flattering
    sweet talk, sweet-talking, soft soap, soft-soaping, arm-twisting
    glozing, lip salve, cajolement, suasion
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