Flatter Flat"ter (fl[a^]t"t[~e]r), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Flattered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Flattering}.] [OE. flateren, cf. OD. flatteren; akin to G. flattern to flutter, Icel. fla[eth]ra to fawn, flatter: cf. F. flatter. Cf. {Flitter}, {Flutter}, {Flattery}.] 1. To treat with praise or blandishments; to gratify or attempt to gratify the self-love or vanity of, esp. by artful and interested commendation or attentions; to blandish; to cajole; to wheedle. [1913 Webster]

When I tell him he hates flatterers, He says he does, being then most flattered. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

A man that flattereth his neighbor, spreadeth a net for his feet. --Prov. xxix. 5. [1913 Webster]

Others he flattered by asking their advice. --Prescott. [1913 Webster]

2. To raise hopes in; to encourage or favorable, but sometimes unfounded or deceitful, representations. [1913 Webster]

3. To portray too favorably; to give a too favorable idea of; as, his portrait flatters him. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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