Flattery definition

flătə-rē
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Excessive or insincere praise.
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Excessive, untrue, or insincere praise; exaggerated compliment or attention.
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The act or practice of flattering.
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The act of flattering.
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Flattery is defined as praise or compliments, usually exaggerated or false.

An example of flattery is a person who's hoping for a raise telling their boss how great their new hair cut looks.

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(uncountable) Excessive praise or approval, which is often insincere and sometimes contrived to win favour.
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(countable) An instance of excessive praise.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
flattery
Plural:
flatteries

Origin of flattery

  • From Old French flaterie, from the verb flater

    From Wiktionary