May 10th, 2009

May 10th-Blandishment


blandishment \BLAN-dish-muhnt\ , noun

Definition:
Speech or action that flatters and tends to coax, entice, or persuade; allurement -- often used in the plural.

Example:
But she had not risen at all to the fellow's blandishments, his attempts to interest her in his ideas and persuade her to set forth her own.

Origin:
Blandishment ultimately comes from Latin blandiri, "to flatter, caress, coax," from blandus, "flattering, mild."