Definition of blandishment in English:



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

    ‘the blandishments of the travel brochure’
    • ‘Despite all his blandishments, threats and persuasion, he did not get his heart's desire.’
    • ‘For the moment he has been resisting the president's blandishments and coaxing on the war policy.’
    • ‘These made nascent officers less susceptible to blandishments from civilian projects.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The detainees resisted such standard blandishments as plea bargaining, cash, or relocation in the federal witness program.’
    • ‘However he was still able to offer blandishments to the bank.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Their own futures depend on sticking scrupulously to what the evidence will bear, whatever the political blandishments from above.’
    • ‘Normally, the blandishments offered up by stars lauding their latest vehicle are just so much blah.’
    • ‘Few present-day Green Party leaders seem willing to urge the Greens to forego the blandishments of a presidential campaign.’
    • ‘The contestant's ingratiating blandishments are not a hit with everyone.’
    • ‘Such blandishments are difficult to catch, she said, and irresistible to rural voters.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It should not be enough that he was subjected to blandishments and payment in order to persuade him to give evidence.’
    • ‘No wonder the free education generations have proven so susceptible to the party's blandishments.’
    • ‘But please, please do not again fall for the blandishments of peer pressure without asking why.’
    • ‘A few courageous legislators have withstood the health industry's blandishments and taken at least baby steps to modify the law.’
    • ‘He had simply fallen to the blandishments of others to procure a drug they were asking for.’
    • ‘Even after topping a shortlist of four, he resisted the company's blandishments.’
    • ‘That distortion makes us susceptible to the blandishments of our current leaders.’
    flattery, cajolery, coaxing, wheedling, honeyed words, smooth talk, soft words, blarney
    fulsomeness, simpering, fawning, toadying, ingratiating, ingratiation, currying favour, inveiglement
    charm offensive
    sweet talk, soft soap, smarm, spiel, ego massage, buttering up, cosying up, cuddling up
    guyver, smoodging
    glozing, lip salve, cajolement
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