A Word A Day


A.Word.A.Day

with Anu Garg

blandishment

PRONUNCIATION:
(BLAN-dish-muhnt)

 

MEANING:
noun: Something (action, speech, etc.) designed to flatter, coax, or influence.

 

ETYMOLOGY:
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.

 

USAGE:
“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.

 

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear. -Bertrand Russell, philosopher, mathematician, author, Nobel laureate (18 May 1872-1970)

This week’s theme
Miscellaneous words

This week’s words
factious
repudiate
blandishment

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