blandishment

When you hear a blandishment come your way, you may feel flattered, as that's what a blandisher intends to do. However, beware because that flattery may come with the underlying intention of persuading you to do something!

The noun blandishment is related to the old-fashioned verb blandish meaning "to coax with flattery, or kind words." A blandishment is often teasing in tone, and the intention to persuade is usually thinly veiled. Your brother may use a blandishment or two to get you to do his chores, and you're going to know exactly what he's after. But the saying "You get more flies with honey" just might hold true if you find yourself taking out the trash when it's not your turn.

Definitions of blandishment
  1. noun
    flattery intended to persuade
    synonyms: cajolery, palaver
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    type of:
    flattery
    excessive or insincere praise
  2. noun
    the act of urging by means of teasing or flattery
    synonyms: wheedling
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    types:
    ingratiation, insinuation
    the act of gaining acceptance or affection for yourself by persuasive and subtle blandishments
    type of:
    enticement, temptation
    the act of influencing by exciting hope or desire
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