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Meaning of FLATTERY

Pronunciation:  'flaturee

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  excessive or insincere praise

FLATTERY is a 8 letter word that starts with F.


 See Also: adulation, blandishment, blarney, cajolery, coaxing, compliment, palaver, soft soap, sweet talk



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Flat"ter*y\, n.; pl. {Flatteries}. [OE. flaterie, OF.
flaterie, F. flaterie, fr. flater to flatter, F. flatter; of
uncertain origin. See {Flatter}, v. t.]
The act or practice of flattering; the act of pleasing by
artiful commendation or compliments; adulation; false,
insincere, or excessive praise.

      Just praise is only a debt, but flattery is a present.

      Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver.

Syn: Adulation; compliment; obsequiousness. See {Adulation}.

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