What is the difference between cajole and cudgel?

cajole | cudgel |


As verbs the difference between cajole and cudgel

is that cajole is (transitive|and|intransitive) to persuade someone to do something which he or she is reluctant to do, especially by flattery or promises; to coax while cudgel is to strike someone with a cudgel.

As a noun cudgel is

a short heavy club with a rounded head used as a weapon.

cajole

English

Verb

  • (transitive, and, intransitive) To persuade someone to do something which they are reluctant to do, especially by flattery or promises; to coax.
  • * 1722 , , Moll Flanders , ch. 12:
  • Then he cajoled with his brother, and persuaded him what service he had done him.
  • * 1820 , , The Abbot , ch. 27:
  • If you are cajoled by the cunning arguments of a trumpeter of heresy, or the praises of a puritanic old woman, is not that womanish?
  • * 1894 , , Only An Irish Boy , ch. 19:
  • He had tried bullying, and without success. He would try cajoling and temptation.
  • * 1898 , , The Battle Of The Strong , ch. 37:
  • [W]ith eloquent arts he had cajoled a young girl into a secret marriage.
  • * 1917 , , King Coal , ch. 8:
  • Schulman, general manager of the "G. F. C.," had been sending out messengers to hunt for him, and finally had got him in his office, arguing and pleading, cajoling and denouncing him by turns.
  • * 2010 August 4, Michael Scherer, " NonSTARTer? Obama's Troubled Nuclear Treaty," Time :
  • For weeks, the White House, the Pentagon and Senate Democrats have been working overtime to cajole , convince and placate Republicans.

    Synonyms

    * entice, inveigle, wheedle

    cudgel

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A short heavy club with a rounded head used as a weapon.
  • The guard hefted his cudgel menacingly and looked at the inmates. The threat to swing glinted in his eye.
  • * 1883 , (Howard Pyle), (The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood)
  • Then they had bouts of wrestling and of cudgel play, so that every day they gained in skill and strength.
  • * Bunyan
  • He getteth him a grievous crabtree cudgel and falls to rating of them as if they were dogs.

    Synonyms

    * club * singlestick

    Verb

  • To strike with a cudgel.
  • The officer was violently cudgeled down in the midst of the rioters, with his own beatstick no less.
  • * Shakespeare
  • I would cudgel him like a dog if he would say so.
  • To exercise (one's wits or brains).
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