- to try to please by complimentary remarks or attention.
- to praise or compliment insincerely, effusively, or excessively: She flatters him by constantly praising his books.
- to represent favorably; gratify by falsification: The portrait flatters her.
- to show to advantage: a hairstyle that flatters the face.
- to play upon the vanity or susceptibilities of; cajole, wheedle, or beguile: They flattered him into contributing heavily to the foundation.
- to please or gratify by compliments or attentions: I was flattered by their invitation.
- to feel satisfaction with (oneself), especially with reference to an accomplishment, act, or occasion: He flattered himself that the dinner had gone well.
- to beguile with hope; encourage prematurely, falsely, etc.
- to use flattery.
Origin of flatter1
Examples from the Web for unflattering
Contemporary Examples of unflattering
She died before they started shooting season two, and an unflattering caricature was included immediately.When Eva Braun Met Anna Nicole Smith
October 26, 2014
The beef began three days ago, when Snoop posted an unflattering Iggy meme to his Instagram.
The Artist Formerly Known as Snoop Lion posts an unflattering meme of Iggy Azalea and all hell breaks loose.
The self-portraits in particular confounded the art world, who reviewed them in unflattering terms like “naïve” and “pedestrian.”This Is Where George W. Bush Paints
July 11, 2014
Either way, the pressure is on—which has a way of squeezing, straining, and stretching a series into strange, unflattering shapes.Why ‘The Americans’ Is the Best Spy Show on TV
February 26, 2014
Historical Examples of unflattering
Already he could feel that hate was a strong passion, not unflattering to its object.The Genius
Margaret Horton Potter
"I never heard her say anything about you," Theodora said, with unflattering directness.Teddy: Her Book
Anna Chapin Ray
He is a rival before whom your senses wince as before some unflattering image.Fantazius Mallare
He was apologetic for his unflattering doubt, but of what sort was she?The Trail of the Hawk
"You're an utter ass," said Clint with unflattering conviction.Left Guard Gilbert
Ralph Henry Barbour
- not flatteringin an unflattering light
- to praise insincerely, esp in order to win favour or reward
- to show to advantagethat dress flatters her
- (tr) to make to appear more attractive, etc, than in reality
- to play upon or gratify the vanity of (a person)it flatters her to be remembered
- (tr) to beguile with hope; encourage, esp falselythis success flattered him into believing himself a champion
- (tr) to congratulate or deceive (oneself)I flatter myself that I am the best
Word Origin for flatter
- a blacksmith's tool, resembling a flat-faced hammer, that is placed on forged work and struck to smooth the surface of the forging
- a die with a narrow rectangular orifice for drawing flat sections
Word Origin and History for unflattering
early 13c., from Old French flater "to flatter" (13c.), originally "stroke with the hand, caress," from Frankish *flat "palm, flat of the hand" (see flat (adj.)). "[O]ne of many imitative verbs beginning with fl- and denoting unsteady or light, repeated movement" [Liberman]. Related: Flattered; flattering.