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noun: Something (action, speech, etc.) designed to flatter, coax, or influence.
From Latin blandiri (to flatter). Ultimately from the Indo-European root mel- (soft), which also gave us bland, melt, smelt, malt, mild, mulch, mollify, mollusk, emollient, enamel, smalto
, and schmaltz
. Earliest documented use: 1591.
“The House should take the opportunity to demonstrate that it isn’t really susceptible to the blandishments of a special interest and repudiate the bill.”
Big Bucks for Billboards; The Post and Courier
(Charleston, South Carolina); Feb 5, 2006.
See more usage examples of blandishment in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.
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