Roitfeld says seeing a film about her directed by someone else was flattering and eye-opening.
It is not flattering in the least to have my utterly transparent agenda presented as somehow sneaky and hidden.
It's a terrific story, but not a flattering portrait of Martha.
Living in the heart of traditional American music, you heard a lot about a lot of players, not all of it flattering.
A flattering yet worrisome comment: What did that suggest about the old Emma?
The mate was full of smooth and flattering words, but his eyes were shallow.
Avoid backbiting and flattering; refrain from malice, and bragging.
This custom would much tend to prevent foolish and flattering inscriptions.
He gave a flattering account of my proceedings in the affair.
I will never trust to kind looks and flattering words again.
late 14c., "pleasing to the imagination," present participle adjective from flatter. Meaning "gratifying to self-esteem" is from 1757. Related: Flatteringly.
early 13c., from Old French flater "to flatter" (13c.), originally "stroke with the hand, caress," from Frankish *flat "palm, flat of the hand" (see flat (adj.)). "[O]ne of many imitative verbs beginning with fl- and denoting unsteady or light, repeated movement" [Liberman]. Related: Flattered; flattering.