noun, plural flat·ter·ies.
- flatter oneself,
- flattery, cape,
Origin of flattery
Examples from the Web for flattery
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.You Can’t ‘Steal’ a Culture: In Defense of Cultural Appropriation|John McWhorter|July 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.Miley Cyrus Debuts Anna Wintour-esque Bob; Lady Gaga Dresses as a Christmas Tree|The Fashion Beast Team|December 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Nick Gillespie|September 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
No word of flattery nor even of mere approval ever passed her lips.Paul Kelver|Jerome Klapka, AKA Jerome K. Jerome
Daquin was an accomplished courtier, and even improved upon Valot in the art of flattery.
She seems to have no love for him, beyond the pleasure his flattery has given her.The Road to Frontenac|Samuel Merwin
We need not study to be expert in ceremony, or adroit in flattery.The Loyalists, Vol. 1-3|Jane West
It is better to be rebuked by a wise man, than to be deceived by the flattery of fools.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
noun plural -teries
early 14c., from Old French flaterie, from flater (see flatter).