Meaning of blandishment in English:


Pronunciation /ˈblandɪʃm(ə)nt/

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often blandishments
  • A flattering or pleasing statement or action used as a means of gently persuading someone to do something.

    ‘the blandishments of the travel brochure’
    • ‘Despite all his blandishments, threats and persuasion, he did not get his heart's desire.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Normally, the blandishments offered up by stars lauding their latest vehicle are just so much blah.’
    • ‘But please, please do not again fall for the blandishments of peer pressure without asking why.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The contestant's ingratiating blandishments are not a hit with everyone.’
    • ‘These made nascent officers less susceptible to blandishments from civilian projects.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘No wonder the free education generations have proven so susceptible to the party's blandishments.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A few courageous legislators have withstood the health industry's blandishments and taken at least baby steps to modify the law.’
    • ‘Few present-day Green Party leaders seem willing to urge the Greens to forego the blandishments of a presidential campaign.’
    • ‘Such blandishments are difficult to catch, she said, and irresistible to rural voters.’
    • ‘Even after topping a shortlist of four, he resisted the company's blandishments.’
    • ‘He had simply fallen to the blandishments of others to procure a drug they were asking for.’
    • ‘That distortion makes us susceptible to the blandishments of our current leaders.’
    flattery, cajolery, coaxing, wheedling, honeyed words, smooth talk, soft words, blarney