Flattery Flat"ter*y, n.; pl. {Flatteries}. [OE. flaterie, OF. flaterie, F. flaterie, fr. flater to flatter, F. flatter; of uncertain origin. See {Flatter}, v. t.] The act or practice of flattering; the act of pleasing by artful commendation or compliments; adulation; false, insincere, or excessive praise. [1913 Webster]

Just praise is only a debt, but flattery is a present. --Rambler. [1913 Webster]

Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver. --Burke.

Syn: Adulation; compliment; obsequiousness. See {Adulation}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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