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puffery

[puhf-uh-ree] /ˈpʌf ə ri/
noun, plural pufferies.
1.
undue or exaggerated praise.
2.
publicity, acclaim, etc., that is full of undue or exaggerated praise.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85; puff + -ery
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Examples for puffery
  • It is tempting to discount such a grandiose claim as typical venture-capital puffery.
  • Such puffery falls to the ground quickly when reality such as this article arrives on the scene.
  • Nor does the problem lie with the puffery essence of press releases.
  • The answers will typically be laden with puffery and nonsense.
  • But while those profiles are useful, some people see them as a little more than organized puffery.
  • Millions of dollars will be spent on the nationally-televised puffery of the afternoon.
  • Typical puffery from politicians to defend what their ever increasing compensation packages.
  • Eligible voters must be expected to make their own evaluations about campaign puffery.
  • Appellant bases its appeal on puffery found in public statements, rumor, and speculation.
  • While this may perhaps seem to be meaningless puffery, such statements can be used in a variety of future ways.
British Dictionary definitions for puffery

puffery

/ˈpʌfərɪ/
noun (pl) -eries
1.
(informal) exaggerated praise, esp in publicity or advertising
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Word Origin and History for puffery
n.

"inflated laudation" [OED], 1782, from puff (v.) in its figurative sense + -ery.

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