/ˈflæt ə ri/
the act of
compliment or speech; excessive, insincere praise.
) to flatter +
sycophancy, toadying, fawning, pandering.
a cape in NW Washington, on the Olympic Peninsula, at the entrance to Juan de Fuca Strait.
the act of flattering
excessive or insincere praise
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But he's such a natural as a movie star that he hardly needs false flattery.
Compliments and sincere flattery will boost everyone's spirits.
Their unconsummated compliments leave their targets in a confused state of flattery, frustration and nervousness.
Then there is the flattery of visitors who speak your language.
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
They all have brims that are wide enough to offer both protection and flattery.
Well certainly they need all the attention, but then too much of flattery is certainly not going to do good to anyone of them.
Invitations and flattery flood the mail and choke the phone.
US voters prefer charm and flattery over rationality and substance.
Imitation is thought to be the sincerest form of flattery-even when the mimic and model are unaware of the mimicry.
Of course, he has never credited his predecessor for those ideas, but imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
But flattery won't prevent me from giving you a zero for today's attendance.
It's not looking down, it is the sincerest form of flattery-namely imitation.
He had only to adjust his flattery to what she believed herself to be.
They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and it appears that capuchins believe it too.
He takes both as flattery, not criticism, and continues to combine church and state without apology.
Despite the self-flattery, there was an element of truth in it.
Equally well understood is that people use flattery, networking and show of loyalty to rise to the top.
Nor, perhaps, does he know the power of an administration's flattery.
Or they simply surround themselves with poets and intellectuals, having learned to enjoy the more cultivated forms of flattery.
The hospitality industry is built on showmanship and flattery.
Apparently even bank robbers believe imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
Inspiring lines from a romantic movie and some silver-tongued flattery will grease the cogs of your social interactions.
Nevertheless, imitation remains the sincerest form of flattery.
Few poets have suffered more acutely than he from the flattery of friends or the disdain of enemies.
Bear the pain of disappointed hopes, while others gain the accomplishment of their flattery.
His dedications, couched in the terms of the loftiest flattery, afford us little clue to his career.
But there is a patent defence at hand,-the defence of deception and flattery, of cajoling and lying.
Nothing is so great an instance of ill manners as flattery.