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puffery

[puhf-uh-ree]
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noun, plural puff·er·ies.
  1. undue or exaggerated praise.
  2. publicity, acclaim, etc., that is full of undue or exaggerated praise.

Origin of puffery

First recorded in 1775–85; puff + -ery
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puffery

noun plural -eries
  1. informal exaggerated praise, esp in publicity or advertising
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Word Origin and History for puffery

n.

"inflated laudation" [OED], 1782, from puff (v.) in its figurative sense + -ery.

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