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Below you will find the definition of cajolery, followed by 35 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - flattery intended to persuade
EXAMPLES - Cajolery in a Sentence
- He responded with an all-out campaign of cajolery. (source)
- In politics there is no chain of command, just endless cajolery. (source)
- Resuming his survey of the room, he assumed an air of charming cajolery. (source)
- She was used to extract secrets by flattery and cajolery where ordinary bribery would not avail. (source)
- So he's good at both the Texas cajolery and also the old Texas pressure politics, when he needs to. (source)
- He knew how to threaten, what to threaten her with, and when to turn from threats to charming cajolery. (source)
- 'Or the mixture of the two, called cajolery,' said Mr. Austin; 'and that was the principal art of the Whigs.' (source)
- She rather hoped her sly cajolery would work and was immensely relieved to feel the shift in his thoughts at her candid remarks. (source)
- As the director's tone gradually changed from browbeating anger to half-anger, half-pleading and cajolery, Shar-monov's head turned. (source)
- McGowan and Luong spent several minutes corralling a boat of their own, they too threatening a helmsman when cajolery did not move him. (source)
- It's pretty clear that Little George requires a constant stream of flattery and cajolery to keep him going, and this was to be supplied by (source)
- No amount of cajolery, and no attempts at ethical or social seduction, can eradicate from my heart a deep burning hatred of the Tory party. (source)
- That was the method of pleading, cajolery, horse-trading, threatening, thoughtfulness, and downright seduction that LBJ used to get what he wanted. (source)
- Then with bribes, cajolery, and browbeating he canalised their energies and their expertise into one field, the pursuit of pure military efficiency. (source)
- She turned and looked up into his eyes to see what if any effect this baby-worded cajolery was having, and Clyde did his best to brighten, of course. (source)
- All the rhetorical tools, from cajolery and flattery to prophecies of doom and implicit threats, were used by Washington in the pursuit of that stability. (source)
- Conceivably, with a little pretty pretty cajolery on your part, I will finish my sweep and come back for you; but trust me when I say that you ARE leaving. (source)
- To every kind of cajolery and social recommendation he presents an adamantine front, and his success has been due in a great measure to his wise choice of instruments. (source)
- He blandly received their caresses; took their coaxing and cajolery as matters of course; and surveyed the beauties of his time as the Caliph the moonfaces of his harem. (source)
- But naturally Terentia would not leave it at that, and by a combination of flattery, cajolery, and threats that must have been worthy of her husband, she slowly extracted the truth. (source)
- Being allowed to move out of the big family house in Chelsea and rent a modest flat of her own had been a major concession it had taken her nearly a year of argument and cajolery to win. (source)
- There is a compact between us that no term of affectionate cajolery shall ever be addressed by either to the other, but that she shall call me always by my Christian name; I her, by hers. (source)
- I did not mind the actual work or the kind of work, but it was the dishonesty and deception, the flattery and cajolery, the unnatural assumption that worker and diner had no common humanity. (source)
- Peters then spends several paragraphs detailing exactly how Obama got this one done, through a combo of cajolery, poker, helping with other legislation, assuaging concerns, etc., etc ... then: (source)
- The animal, digging its hooves into the gravel, refused to budge, and despite cajolery, threats, and curses, Sir Dauntless Jeoffrey soon realized that he would indeed travel the rest of the way alone. (source)
- A sense of past cajolery; a sense of personal attraction, at best very feeble; above all, I should imagine, a sense of terror for the untried residue of mankind go to make up the attraction that he feels. (source)
- His own share he ran through in five years, and he has tried since then by every trick of a cunning, low-minded man, by base cajolery, by legal quibbles, by brutal intimidation, to juggle me out of my share as well. (source)
- It required a good deal of cajolery, the blandishment of a Mediterranean cruise on an Admiralty yacht with Churchill and Prime Minister Asquith in attendance, and a most forceful letter to win over the irascible admiral. (source)
- Soft light from candles set throughout the room provided ample illumination-making up for the fact that the windows were closely shuttered, and no amount of threat or cajolery on Falconsbane's part would get the servants to open them. (source)
- With a mixture of flattery and cajolery she enticed Zach to the TV studio in the old, mn-down area of Studio City where he now sat in a fake leather chair up on a carpeted platform, blinking at the lights that all seemed aimed straight into his eyes. (source)
- I'd have to spend more time getting into it, which I'm not willing to do atm, but I see one of the issues in Nation States is that you're stuck, as a newbie nation, with the UN member your region has already selected, who got there by bribery or cajolery or trading favours or whatever, the process is opaque lol. (source)
- The entire concept of the supernatural essentially rests on the idea that the universe has a Will and a Purpose -- that the universe is an Other Mind which we can then influence by interaction with it -- cajolery (worship), bribery (offerings), and pleading (prayer) -- same as we would any other kind of Other Mind. (source)
- Despite a masterful couple of years, where his understanding of the legislative process was unparalleled perhaps by any other president, knowing how to deal with individual senators and congressmen, using cajolery with some, manipulation with others, patriotic appeals to still others, his presidency had foundered on the rocks of Vietnam. (source)
- It is for this reason that warring tribes and nations have tried to propitiate the deities at the outset of their campaigns, to win them over with pleas and promises and cajolery; and this is also why their scholars and clerics have labored to devise definitions of just wars that will serve to legitimize their particular enterprises and exculpate them as they embark upon them. (source)
- It is not uncommon for human clay in this condition to value itself above all things upon its great prudence and sagacity; and Mr Swiveller, especially prizing himself upon these qualities, took occasion to remark that he had made strange discoveries in connection with the single gentleman who lodged above, which he had determined to keep within his own bosom, and which neither tortures nor cajolery should ever induce him to reveal. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 35 example sentences provided below is 47.0, which suggests that "cajolery" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 19 synonyms for cajolery.
a line, adulation, baloney, blandishment, coaxing, compliments, exaggeration, eyewash, fawning, honey, incense, ingratiation, inveiglement, oil, overpraise, soft soap, soft words, sweet talk, wheedling
We have 20 antonyms for cajolery.
blame, censure, complaint, condemnation, criticism, denunciation, disapproval, disfavor, dislike, disregard, disrespect, ignorance, insult, libel, neglect, opposition, refusal, silence, slander, veto
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of cajolery from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) cajolement
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) A wheedling to delude; words used in cajoling; flattery.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) The act of cajoling; coaxing language or tricks; delusive wheedling.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) flattery intended to persuade