verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- flatter oneself,
Origin of flatter1
Examples from the Web for flattering
Once in power, they often hired gifted artists to portray them in flattering and benevolent poses.
For the most part, however, the day was all about flattering the assembled—even as they were urged to never, ever, ever give up.
This noble effort won Letta the flattering honor of having “balls of steel”.
Such a portrayal may have been flattering to Sorensen, or somehow psychologically soothing to the former aide.
Roitfeld says seeing a film about her directed by someone else was flattering and eye-opening.Carine Roitfeld Documentary ‘Mademoiselle C’ Offers Intimate Look|Isabel Wilkinson|September 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But I believe he is flattering her about her play, and perhaps will get money from her or her mother.The Girls of Central High on the Stage|Gertrude W. Morrison
His grandly-arrayed lords came round him as before, with pleasant smiles and flattering speeches.Little Folks (Septemeber 1884)|Various
The Directory thought as much, and declined to accept his resignation in the most flattering terms.Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte, Complete|Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne
But despite the flattering applause of the multitude, life never again had for him the smiling aspect it had so often worn before.
What a flattering and rare pleasure it was to sleep under the same roof with her!Two banks of the Seine|Fernand Vandrem
Word Origin for flatter
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.