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blandĭor , ītus, 4, v. dep. blandus.
I. Prop., lit., to cling caressingly to one, to fawn upon, to flatter, soothe, caress, fondle, coax (class.).
2. With inter se, Plin. 10, 37, 52, § 109.—
II. Transf.
A. In gen., to flatter, make flattering, courteous speeches, be complaisant to.
2. Absol.: “quippe qui litigare se simulans blandiatur,Cic. Lael. 26, 99: “lingua juvet, mentemque tegat. Blandire, noceque,Ov. Am. 1, 8, 103: “in blandiendo (vox) lenis et summissa,Quint. 11, 3, 63: “pavidum blandita,timidly coaxing, Ov. M. 9, 569: qui cum dolet blanditur, post tempus sapit, Publ. Syr. v. 506 Rib.—
B. In partic.
1. Blandiri sibi, etc., to flatter one's self with something, to fancy something, delude one's self: “blandiuntur enim sibi, qui putant, etc.,Dig. 26, 7, 3, § 2.—So often in Dig. et Codd.; cf.: “ne nobis blandiar,not to flatter ourselves, to tell the whole truth, Juv. 3, 126.—
2. Pregn., to persuade or impel by flattery ( = blandiendo persuadeo or compello—very rare).
III. Trop.
A. Of inanim. things as subjects, to flatter, please, be agreeable or favorable to; to allure by pleasure, to attract, entice, invite.
1. With dat.: “video quam suaviter voluptas sensibus nostris blandiatur,Cic. Ac. 2, 45, 139: “blandiebatur coeptis fortuna,Tac. H. 2, 10. —
3. With abl.: opportuna suā blanditur populus umbrā, Ov M. 10, 555.—
B. Of things as objects: “cur ego non votis blandiar ipse meis?” i. e. believe what I wish, Ov. Am. 2, 11, 54: “nisi tamen auribus nostris bibliopolae blandiuntur,tickle with flattery, Plin. Ep. 1, 2, 6.—Hence,
A. Subst.: blandĭens , entis, m., a flatterer: “adversus blandientes incorruptus,Tac. H. 1, 35.—
B. blandītus , a, um, P. a., pleasant, agreeable, charming (rare): “rosae,Prop. 4 (5), 6, 72.peregrinatio,Plin. 10, 23, 33, § 67.
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