the act of flattering.
a flattering compliment or speech; excessive, insincere praise.
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How to use flattery in a sentence
Numerous female cooks and food writers have been likened to Child as a form of flattery.
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.Some young women embraced their gray hair during the pandemic. They might not go back. | Maura Judkis | April 12, 2021 | Washington Post
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.How Pseudoscientists Get Away With It - Facts So Romantic | Stuart Firestein | August 28, 2020 | Nautilus
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 | THE 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
Arab-American critics, fluent in both cultures, argue that cultural flattery—and even racial politics—are at play.Boston Irish Girl Jennifer Grout Is The Unexpected Star Of ‘Arabs Got Talent’ | Michael Pizzi | December 5, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
During the eleven months since he had left England he had experienced neither encouragement nor flattery.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
He's getting a little stiff in the joints of his good nature, but a good dose of flattery'll limber him up considerable.Dorothy at Skyrie | Evelyn Raymond
She had a long struggle with herself, being fond of notice and flattery, and possessed of considerable pride.The Childhood of Distinguished Women | Selina A. Bower
They should be treated kindly, but not allowed too many toys and sweetmeats, nor too much flattery.God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford
Julie acknowledged this flattery by a wan little smile, and following Hester out of the 24 room, went in to see her father.Those Dale Girls | Frank Weston Carruth
British Dictionary definitions for flattery
the act of flattering
excessive or insincere praise
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