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Blandishment

[blan-dihSH-mənt]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: Latin, 16th century

1.

Flattering speech intended to coax or influence

2.

The act of persuasion by means of flattery

Examples of Blandishment in a sentence

"The fundraiser organizer used blandishments to convince the donors to fill out their checkbooks."

"You may get on the good side of your boss with a little blandishment, but make sure you don’t go over the top."

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About Blandishment

The idiom "It's easier to catch flies with honey than with vinegar" could be applied to a blandishment. Sure, you could try to get what you want by demanding or begging, but it's so much easier when you play nice with a few flattering compliments and blandishments.

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You'll likely find blandishment used in the plural sense, blandishments. It makes sense as multiple compliments are going to be more effective than just one.

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