It is not flattering in the least to have my utterly transparent agenda presented as somehow sneaky and hidden.
Living in the heart of traditional American music, you heard a lot about a lot of players, not all of it flattering.
Such a portrayal may have been flattering to Sorensen, or somehow psychologically soothing to the former aide.
flattering on the most primal level, it also makes up for the pain associated with outsider status.
Roitfeld says seeing a film about her directed by someone else was flattering and eye-opening.
The mate was full of smooth and flattering words, but his eyes were shallow.
She was bending forward, smiling, flattering her escort with the adoration of her eyes.
This custom would much tend to prevent foolish and flattering inscriptions.
Oh, counshillor, now, if you wouldn't be flattering a wake woman.
I will never trust to kind looks and flattering words again.
late 14c., "pleasing to the imagination," present participle adjective from flatter. Meaning "gratifying to self-esteem" is from 1757. Related: Flatteringly.
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.