cajole

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v cajole influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering "He palavered her into going along"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Cajole To deceive with flattery or fair words; to wheedle. "I am not about to cajole or flatter you into a reception of my views."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • cajole To deceive or delude by flattery, specious promises, simulated compliance with another's wishes, and the like; wheedle; coax.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Cajole ka-jōl′ to coax: to cheat by flattery
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. cajoler, orig., to chatter like a bird in a cage, to sing; hence, to amuse with idle talk, to flatter, from the source of OF. goale, jaiole, F. geôle, dim. of cage, a cage. See Cage Jail
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. cajoler, to chatter; ety. dub.

Usage

In literature:

He rode after us with his Lowlanders, protesting, threatening, cajoling in vain.
"John Splendid" by Neil Munro
And at last, prodded and cajoled and bullied, the degenerated intelligence of Ruba had partially responded.
"The Devil's Asteroid" by Manly Wade Wellman
She took a sudden notion to stop right here, I coaxed and cajoled her, but she wouldn't budge.
"Jack Wright and His Electric Stage;" by "Noname"
We feel sure that Mr. Holliday, were he still living in those parts, would have cajoled the owner into changing that E to an A.
"Pipefuls" by Christopher Morley
She will believe you if you tell her we are not cajoling her.
"Debts of Honor" by Maurus Jókai
My belief is that she has been deceived and cajoled.
"Clara Maynard" by W.H.G. Kingston
He did not smile, as he had been expected to do, but sat grim and grave, refusing to be cajoled.
"The Love Affairs of Pixie" by Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
He was a much younger man than Owen, a handsome, light-haired voyageur, with thick eyelids and cajoling blue eyes.
"The Cobbler In The Devil's Kitchen" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
He had been cajoled for a time by Gloucester, but his brother knew him too well to doubt his sincerity or affection.
"The White Rose of Langley" by Emily Sarah Holt
Messalina managed her husband by alternate cajolings and threats.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great Philosophers, Volume 8" by Elbert Hubbard
The only way to cajole willowiness of body into coming in your direction is to diet and to take plenty of exercise.
"The Woman Beautiful" by Helen Follett Stevans
She was Polly, and here was Uncle Dan, to be cajoled and entreated and vanquished.
"A Venetian June" by Anna Fuller
He flattered and cajoled me, and, when that failed, resorted to vague threats.
"The Fifth Ace" by Douglas Grant
Lady Idalia had run away from her husband, but every time had cajoled her way back.
"Peter the Priest" by Mór Jókai
A number of old Czarist agents and diplomats versed in Eastern affairs were cajoled or conscripted into the service.
"The New World of Islam" by Lothrop Stoddard
It was as if they were all leagued in a conspiracy to deceive and cajole.
"The Tyranny of the Dark" by Hamlin Garland
Would not any one of us rather be abused than cajoled?
"Broken Bread from an Evangelist's Wallet" by Thomas Champness
Dahlia had cajoled her feather over the line first.
"Once a Week" by Alan Alexander Milne
But that shrewd individual pleaded unfitness and lack of time and refused to be cajoled into becoming a candidate.
"Roosevelt in the Bad Lands" by Hermann Hagedorn
She was willing to cajole, to cater in order to win friendship.
"Elizabeth Hobart at Exeter Hall" by Jean K. Baird
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In poetry:

You have cajoled the souls of millions of us
America,
Why won't you cajole my soul?
I wish you would.
"The Evening Land" by D H Lawrence
And as, O pool, thou dost cajole
With seemings that beguile us well,
So doeth many a human soul
That teemeth with the lusts of hell.
"Hugo's "Pool In The Forest"" by Eugene Field
Oh! was it England that, alas!
Turned sharp the victor to cajole?
Behold her features in the glass:
A monstrous semblance mocks her soul!
"Lines To A Friend Visiting America" by George Meredith
``Platform and Senate, Cabinet and Court,
You shall cajole, convert, or overawe;
Whithersoe'er you speciously disport,
Your wordy Will be law.
"Sacred And Profane Love" by Alfred Austin
Select some fit tools
From Philosophy's schools,
Well vers'd in the laws of submission; Who can chatter, read, write, Turn black into white,
Cheat, flatter, cajole, and petition.
"Recipe To make A French Legion of Honour" by Thomas Stott
Vainly mounted the feast to a dizzier madness,
Vainly the brother Satans, the Satanesses,
To win him away from his desolating sadness,
Would hearten him with cajolements and caresses.
"Crimen Amoris" by Clark Ashton Smith

In news:

Cajole Your Brain to Lean to the Left.
THE first thing you needed to know about David Schramm was that he wouldn't hurt you -- not unless you got in his way on a racquetball court or a wrestling mat or unless he had cajoled you onto some mountain with no way down.
I let the kids play Wii for hours forced them to nap, cajoled them into taking the dogs for a walk around the block, let them loll in the bathtub— just to spend time with this story.
A man who would woo a fair maid, He should 'prentice himself to the trade, And study all day In a methodical way How to flatter, cajole and persuade.
Nora Ephron was a connector, a cajoler, a cheerleader — maybe even a friend.
If you're hankering for a movie about an awkward yet lovable "outsider" type who wanders into a pastel mock-up of Middle America and cajoles the straights to get saucy, you're in luck.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's efforts to cajole or shame the United States into adopting a more realistic strategy on Iran have earned him some poor reviews in the American press.
I used to cry and attempt to cajole him into communicating during those spells, but that only seemed to strengthen his resolve.
It is an axiom of conventional wisdom about the Middle East that the government of Israel is a hard-line opponent of peace that must be pressured and cajoled to deal with the Palestinians for the sake of the survival of its people.
Italian parties begin campaigning , cajole Monti.
He is the pastor of my parish in Fort Wayne, and every Lenten season my fellow parishioners and I see him at his best: encouraging, cajoling and inspiring us to jump into Lent with both feet.
In August's Rantcast, Michael Branch is cajoled by his family into purchasing a new, pedigreed English setter puppy .
In August's Rantcast, Michael Branch is cajoled by his family into purchasing a new, pedigreed English setter puppy.
As much as he cautioned, cajoled and at times urgently protested, Bill Friday was unable to restore common sense to big-time college athletics.
As a result of Steward 's cajoling The Kronk became synonymous with Detroit.
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In science:

We argue here in favor of the Aether and we here cajole the reader to not stop but proceed.
The Twin Paradox Revisited and Reformulated -- On the Possibility of Detecting Absolute Motion
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