puffery

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n puffery a flattering commendation (especially when used for promotional purposes)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Puffery The act of puffing; bestowment of extravagant commendation.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n puffery Systematic puffing; extravagant praise.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Puffery puffing or extravagant praise
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Imit.; cf. Ger. puffen, &c.

Usage

In literature:

Others are simple bravado and vainglorious puffery.
"Hacker Crackdown" by Bruce Sterling
That's his pride and puffery.
"The Dynasts" by Thomas Hardy
Among my experiences of that nauseous ingredient in theatrical life, puffery, some have been amusing enough.
"Records of a Girlhood" by Frances Ann Kemble
The "C. P." is very well done, but I cannot make up my mind to lend my blow to the great Forge-bellows of puffery at work.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
Mobs have risen in support of No Popery; no mobs are likely to rise in defence of the New Puffery.
"What I Saw in America" by G. K. Chesterton
Generous enough in his own way with the abundant earnings of his art, Lemaitre declined to pay for puffery.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 15, No. 89, May, 1875" by Various
Mr. Muldrennin was then free to run his career of active puffery throughout the kingdom, and his tenantry to starve on as before.
"St. Patrick's Eve" by Charles James Lever
They will form cliques for the purpose of mutual puffery.
"Ephemera Critica" by John Churton Collins
How I hate the glib rattle of his tongue, the mouldiness of his jests and the transparency of his puffery!
"In the Track of the Bookworm" by Irving Browne
And yet they say these latter days of ours are distinguished above all else by shameless puffery!
"The Portsmouth Road and Its Tributaries" by Charles G. Harper
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In news:

For some of us, daytime talk shows, with their celebrity puffery and soap-sister schmaltz, are as enticing as poison ivy.
If you are as tired as I am of bragging and puffery from our politicians, then you will find Rep Scott Kawasaki a refreshing alternative.
Wisconsin Cream Puffs Need No Puffery .
Puffery and Pandering on Israel and Iran Are Not Strategy.
If you are as tired as I am of bragging and puffery from our politicians , then you will find Rep Scott Kawasaki a refreshing alternative.
Oct 25 2012 To the editor: If you are as tired as I am of bragging and puffery from our politicians then you will find Rep Scott Kawasaki a refreshing alternative.
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