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[ flat-uh-ree ]


, plural flat·ter·ies.
  1. the act of flattering.
  2. a flattering compliment or speech; excessive, insincere praise.

    Synonyms: pandering, sycophancy



[ flat-ree ]


  1. Cape, a cape in NW Washington, on the Olympic Peninsula, at the entrance to Juan de Fuca Strait.


/ ˈflætərɪ /


  1. the act of flattering
  2. excessive or insincere praise

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Word History and Origins

Origin of flattery1

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English flaterie, from Middle French, equivalent to flat(er) “to flatter” + -erie noun suffix; flatter 1, -ery

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Example Sentences

Numerous female cooks and food writers have been likened to Child as a form of flattery.

From Eater

He thinks it’s nothing more than cheap flattery or a stall for time.

I still got carded regularly, though I knew the gray would put an end to that flattery.

Realizing that the intended flattery has failed should make people less inclined to press on — or try it again on others.

The problem, as we all know, is that flattery will get you nowhere.

If imitation is the highest form of flattery, this is high praise.

It used to be that we said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Giger thought the best form of flattery was the body art inspired by his work.

If imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery, maybe Miley will land that Vogue cover after all.

Arab-American critics, fluent in both cultures, argue that cultural flattery—and even racial politics—are at play.

During the eleven months since he had left England he had experienced neither encouragement nor flattery.

He's getting a little stiff in the joints of his good nature, but a good dose of flattery'll limber him up considerable.

She had a long struggle with herself, being fond of notice and flattery, and possessed of considerable pride.

They should be treated kindly, but not allowed too many toys and sweetmeats, nor too much flattery.

Julie acknowledged this flattery by a wan little smile, and following Hester out of the 24 room, went in to see her father.


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