Definition of blandishment in US English:



usually blandishments
  • A flattering or pleasing statement or action used to persuade someone gently to do something.

    ‘the blandishments of the travel brochure’
    • ‘No wonder the free education generations have proven so susceptible to the party's blandishments.’
    • ‘Few present-day Green Party leaders seem willing to urge the Greens to forego the blandishments of a presidential campaign.’
    • ‘He had simply fallen to the blandishments of others to procure a drug they were asking for.’
    • ‘However he was still able to offer blandishments to the bank.’
    • ‘These made nascent officers less susceptible to blandishments from civilian projects.’
    • ‘It should not be enough that he was subjected to blandishments and payment in order to persuade him to give evidence.’
    • ‘For the moment he has been resisting the president's blandishments and coaxing on the war policy.’
    • ‘Such blandishments are difficult to catch, she said, and irresistible to rural voters.’
    • ‘After spending the last few years trying to understand the pull of the material world, I am far more sympathetic to its blandishments and far more forgiving of its excesses.’
    • ‘Despite all his blandishments, threats and persuasion, he did not get his heart's desire.’
    • ‘We have become a nation of children, happy to surrender our judgments and our wills to political exhortations and commercial blandishments that would insult actual adults.’
    • ‘Their own futures depend on sticking scrupulously to what the evidence will bear, whatever the political blandishments from above.’
    • ‘That distortion makes us susceptible to the blandishments of our current leaders.’
    • ‘But please, please do not again fall for the blandishments of peer pressure without asking why.’
    • ‘Even after topping a shortlist of four, he resisted the company's blandishments.’
    • ‘Normally, the blandishments offered up by stars lauding their latest vehicle are just so much blah.’
    • ‘The detainees resisted such standard blandishments as plea bargaining, cash, or relocation in the federal witness program.’
    • ‘The contestant's ingratiating blandishments are not a hit with everyone.’
    • ‘A few courageous legislators have withstood the health industry's blandishments and taken at least baby steps to modify the law.’
    • ‘The main character in the novel is unable to resist the blandishments of the wicked queen who offers him the most delicious candy in the world.’
    flattery, cajolery, coaxing, wheedling, honeyed words, smooth talk, soft words, blarney
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