flattery

[flat-uh-ree]

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English flaterie < Middle French, equivalent to flat(er) to flatter + -erie -ery. Cf. flatter1


2. sycophancy, toadying, fawning, pandering.
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Flattery

[flat-ree]
noun
a cape in NW Washington, on the Olympic Peninsula, at the entrance to Juan de Fuca Strait.
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flattery (ˈflætərɪ)
 
n , pl -teries
1.  the act of flattering
2.  excessive or insincere praise

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flattery
early 14c., from O.Fr. flaterie, from flater (see flatter).
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Example sentences
But he's such a natural as a movie star that he hardly needs false flattery.
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.
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