flattery

[flat-uh-ree]

noun, plural flat·ter·ies.

the act of flattering.
a flattering compliment or speech; excessive, insincere praise.

Nearby words

  1. flatter,
  2. flatter oneself,
  3. flattered,
  4. flatterer,
  5. flattering,
  6. flattery, cape,
  7. flattie,
  8. flatties,
  9. flatting,
  10. flattish

Origin of flattery

1275–1325; Middle English flaterie < Middle French, equivalent to flat(er) to flatter + -erie -ery. Cf. flatter1

SYNONYMS FOR flattery
2. sycophancy, toadying, fawning, pandering.

Flattery

[flat-ree]

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

noun plural -teries

the act of flattering
excessive or insincere praise
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Word Origin and History for flattery

flattery

n.

early 14c., from Old French flaterie, from flater (see flatter).

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