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flattery

[flat-uh-ree] /ˈflæt ə ri/
noun, plural flatteries.
1.
the act of flattering.
2.
a flattering compliment or speech; excessive, insincere praise.
Origin of flattery
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English flaterie < Middle French, equivalent to flat(er) to flatter + -erie -ery. Cf. flatter1
Synonyms
2. sycophancy, toadying, fawning, pandering.

Flattery

[flat-ree] /ˈflæt ri/
noun
1.
Cape, a cape in NW Washington, on the Olympic Peninsula, at the entrance to Juan de Fuca Strait.
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  • In her present mood the speeches would but weary, the flattery fash her.

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
  • The request, thus aided by flattery, was almost unanimously granted.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • To be useful, she would submit to any drudgery; to become agreeable, devoted herself to any flattery.

    Camilla Fanny Burney
  • Therefore I give up all manner of claim to every thing but—flattery!

  • But the American public, so ready to flatter early merit, has itself to thank, if that flattery prove a pernicious atmosphere.

British Dictionary definitions for flattery

flattery

/ˈflætərɪ/
noun (pl) -teries
1.
the act of flattering
2.
excessive or insincere praise
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Word Origin and History for flattery
n.

early 14c., from Old French flaterie, from flater (see flatter).

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