coax


coax
coax, cajole, wheedle, blandish mean to use ingratiating art in persuading or attempting to persuade.
Coax implies gentle, persistent efforts to induce another or to draw what is desired out of another
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in a coaxing voice, suited to a nurse soothing a baby— Burney

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It most often suggests artful pleading or teasing in an attempt to gain one's ends
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little by little, he coaxed some of the men whom the measure concerned most intimately to give in their views— Kipling

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one . . . who can linger over and taste a phrase, coaxing its flavor to the palate as if it were an old wine— Moody

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his skill in coaxing . . . the attention of the variable human mind to divine objects— T. S. Eliot

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but it may be extended to other situations in which persevering yet careful efforts are used to attain an end
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coax embers into a blaze

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Cajole may stress deceit (as by flattering or making specious promises)
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they . . . should be treated as they themselves treat fools, this is, be cajoled with praises— Pope

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It more often implies enticing or alluring and suggests beguilement rather than duplicity
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I think a vein of sentiment . . . induced me to take the journey, and to cajole a reluctant friend into accompanying me— Repplier

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Wheedle suggests more strongly than cajole the use of soft words, artful flattery, or seductive appeal
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she could wheedle the soul out of a saint— Hewlett

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he had wheedled the Abeyta woman out of her geraniums, and left her pleased with herself for surrendering them— Mary Austin

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no hucksters to wheedle you into buying souvenirs— Nebel

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Blandish implies less artfulness than wheedle and more open flattery and a more apparent desire to win over by charming or alluring
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would the blandishing enchanter still weave his spells around meDickens

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found herself being blandished by millionaires— Rogow

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Analogous words: *induce, persuade, prevail, get: tease, pester (see WORRY): inveigle, entice, tempt, *lure
Antonyms: bully
Contrasted words: bulldoze, browbeat, *intimidate, cow: *threaten, menace: compel, coerce, oblige, *force, constrain

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  • coax — [kəuks US kouks] v [T] [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: cokes stupid person (16 17 centuries)] 1.) to persuade someone to do something that they do not want to do by talking to them in a kind, gentle, and patient way ▪ Please, Vic, come with us, Nancy… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • coax — [ kouks ] verb transitive 1. ) to gently persuade someone to do something: After dinner Lily was coaxed into singing several songs. It took some time, but we were finally able to coax him out of quitting. a ) if you coax something out of someone …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Coax Me — Single by Sloan from the album Twice Removed Format CD single 7 Genre Indie rock …   Wikipedia

  • coax — [kōks] vt. [orig. slang, “to make a coax of” < obs. slang coax, cox, cokes, a fool, ninny] 1. to induce or try to induce to do something; (seek to) persuade by soothing words, an ingratiating manner, etc.; wheedle 2. to get by coaxing vi. to… …   English World dictionary

  • coax — 1580s, originally in slang phrase to make a coax of, from earlier noun coax, cox, cokes a fool, ninny, simpleton (1560s); modern spelling is 1706. Origin obscure, perhaps related to COCK (Cf. cock) (1). Related: Coaxed; coaxing …   Etymology dictionary

  • coax´er — coax «kohks», transitive verb. 1. to persuade by soft words; influence by pleasant ways: »She coaxed her father to let her go to the dance. SYNONYM(S): wheedle, cajole, inveigle, entice. 2. to get by coaxing: »The nurse coaxed a smile from the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Coax — (k[=o]ks; 110), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Coaxed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Coaxing}.] [Cf. OE. cokes fool, a person easily imposed upon, W. coeg empty, foolish; F. coquin knave, rogue.] To persuade by gentle, insinuating courtesy, flattering, or fondling; to …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Coax — Coax, n. A simpleton; a dupe. [Obs.] Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • coax — I verb allure, appeal, attract, bait, blandish, bribe, cajole, captivate, convince, encourage, engage, enlist, ensnare, entice, evoke, exert pressure, exhort, hominem permulcere, homini blandiri, impel, incite, induce, influence, insist, inspire …   Law dictionary

  • coax — [v] persuade allure, argue into, armtwist*, barter, beguile, blandish, blarney, butter up*, cajole, come on, con, decoy, entice, flatter, get, hook, importune, induce, influence, inveigle, jawbone*, lure, pester, plague, press, prevail upon, rope …   New thesaurus


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