May 10th, 2009

May 10th-Blandishment

blandishment \BLAN-dish-muhnt\ , noun

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

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.

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