Part of speech:
(Like “eat,” “try,” and “want,” all transitive verbs do something to an object.
You eat a banana, try a game, and want a new phone.
Likewise, you cajole someone, or you cajole someone into doing something.)
When you cajole people, you're coaxing or persuading them by either gently urging them or saying nice, flattering things to them.
cajoled, cajoling, cajolery/cajolement, cajoler
How to use it:
Talk about cajoling someone or cajoling someone into doing something: "Students are experts at cajoling their teachers." "He's got his feet on the ground and won't be cajoled by you or anyone else." "She'll say anything to cajole us into voting for her."
Occasionally you'll also see the phrases "cajole someone to do something" (as in "cajole them to vote for us") or "cajole something from someone" (as in "cajole money from him.")
The hardest part of my graduate thesis was actually just cajoling over a hundred students into taking my survey. By comparison, it was a snap to do the research, run the statistics, navigate the review boards, and write and defend the paper.
Do you immediately take the stage when you go to karaoke, or do you need a little cajoling from your friends?
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "cajole” means when you can explain it without saying “persuasion by flattery" or “coaxing with gentleness."
Think of someone you love who could talk you into anything, then fill in the blank: "I can't believe (Person) cajoled me into _____."
Example: "I can't believe Chad cajoled me into watching both of the Killer Tomatoes movies."
Spend at least 20 seconds occupying your mind with the game and quote below. Then try the review questions. Don’t go straight to the review now—let your working memory empty out first.
Playing With Words:
Our game for May is: “What Do These Words Have in Common?”
The three words given will have something specific in common. (More than one right answer might be possible, but I've only got one particular answer in mind for each set of words.) I've arranged the questions from easiest to hardest, so today’s should be extremely difficult.
What do these words have in common?: orthodontics, orthodox, orthography. (Obviously they all start with "ortho." :) But why?)
Answer: All represent concepts depending on the Greek prefix “ortho,” meaning “straight, right, or true:” the straightening of teeth (orthodontics), the "right" beliefs and behaviors (orthodox), and the correct spelling of words (orthography.)
Try this second-to-last one today: tranquilizingly, squeezabilities, ventriloquizing.
A Point Well Made:
George Gordon Byron: “A drop of ink may make a million think.”
1. The opposite of CAJOLE is
2. If you _____, you'll have to constantly be cajoling them into doing it.
A. give kids an unreasonable amount of pointless homework
B. give your plants plenty of sunlight and water to grow
C. assign that quick and easy task to your most capable employees
Answers are below.
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