(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. cajole, inveigle, wheedle, persuade. See flattery.
(Roget's IV) v.
Syn. persuade, cajole, wheedle, blandish, urge, inveigle, beguile, induce, manipulate, sweet-talk*, soft-soap*; see also influence , tempt , urge 2 .
Syn.- coax suggests repeated attempts to persuade someone to do something and implies the use of soothing words, an ingratiating manner, etc.; cajole suggests the use of flattery or other blandishments; wheedle implies even more strongly the use of subtle flattery or craftily artful behavior in gaining one's ends
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
cajole, wheedle, persuade, talk into, lure, press, *rope in, beg, *butter up, beguile, blandish, play up to, con, sweet talk, inveigle.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb To persuade or try to persuade by gentle persistent urging or flattery: blandish, cajole, honey, wheedle. Informal: soft-soap, sweet-talk. See PERSUASION.

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  • 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 — 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 {in a coaxing voice, suited to a nurse… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 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

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