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


[flat-ree] /ˈflæt ri/
Cape, a cape in NW Washington, on the Olympic Peninsula, at the entrance to Juan de Fuca Strait. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for flattery
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for flattery


noun (pl) -teries
the act of flattering
excessive or insincere praise
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Word Origin and History for flattery

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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