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flattery

[ flat-uh-ree ]
/ ˈflæt ə ri /
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noun, plural flat·ter·ies.
the act of flattering.
a flattering compliment or speech; excessive, insincere praise.

OTHER WORDS FOR flattery

2 sycophancy, toadying, fawning, pandering.
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Origin of flattery

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English flaterie, from Middle French, equivalent to flat(er) “to flatter” + -erie noun suffix; see flatter1, -ery

Other definitions for flattery (2 of 2)

Flattery
[ flat-ree ]
/ ˈflæt ri /

noun
Cape, a cape in NW Washington, on the Olympic Peninsula, at the entrance to Juan de Fuca Strait.
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British Dictionary definitions for flattery

flattery
/ (ˈflætərɪ) /

noun plural -teries
the act of flattering
excessive or insincere praise
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