[ flat-uh-ree ]
/ ˈflæt ə ri /

noun, plural flat·ter·ies.

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


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Origin of flattery

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


2 sycophancy, toadying, fawning, pandering.

Definition for flattery (2 of 2)

[ flat-ree ]
/ ˈflæt ri /


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

/ (ˈflætərɪ) /

noun plural -teries

the act of flattering
excessive or insincere praise
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