Word of the Week for the week of June 5, 2016


[BLAN-dish-muh nt]

Meaning & Usage

noun An action, object, or form of speech meant to be a compliment, put someone at ease, or persuade.

Political candidates are often known for their persuasive charms, but voters should not be overly influenced by such forms of blandishment when considering whom they'll support.


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.

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