Blandishment Blan"dish*ment, n. [Cf. OF. blandissement.] The act of blandishing; a word or act expressive of affection or kindness, and tending to win the heart; soft words and artful caresses; cajolery; allurement. [1913 Webster]

Cowering low with blandishment. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Attacked by royal smiles, by female blandishments. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

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