- the act of flattering.
- a flattering compliment or speech; excessive, insincere praise.
Origin of flattery
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- Cape, a cape in NW Washington, on the Olympic Peninsula, at the entrance to Juan de Fuca Strait.
Examples from the Web for flattery
If imitation is the highest form of flattery, this is high praise.The Stoner's Guide to the Internet
August 6, 2014
It used to be that we said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.You Can’t ‘Steal’ a Culture: In Defense of Cultural Appropriation
July 15, 2014
Giger thought the best form of flattery was the body art inspired by his work.Hollywood’s Sci-Fi Artist H.R. Giger Dead at 74
May 13, 2014
If imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery, maybe Miley will land that Vogue cover after all.Miley Cyrus Debuts Anna Wintour-esque Bob; Lady Gaga Dresses as a Christmas Tree
The Fashion Beast Team
December 9, 2013
Part of that is surely just the sort of flattery for which the Senate is nauseatingly well-known.Ted Cruz Might Just Have Won the Future for the GOP
September 25, 2013
"Flattery to ourselves does not change the nature of what is wrong," answered Philothea.
The request, thus aided by flattery, was almost unanimously granted.
The singularity that struck me most about her ladyship was her indifference to flattery.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
Therefore I give up all manner of claim to every thing but—flattery!Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
He clavers them over with flattery as the snake clavers the rabbit.American Notes
- the act of flattering
- excessive or insincere praise
Word Origin and History for flattery
early 14c., from Old French flaterie, from flater (see flatter).