• WordNet 3.6
    • adj adulatory obsequiously complimentary "they listened with flattering interest"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Adulatory Containing excessive praise or compliment; servilely praising; flattering; as, an adulatory address. "A mere rant of adulatory freedom."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • adulatory Characterized by adulation; fulsomely flattering; servilely praising: as, an adulatory address.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. adulatorius, fr. adulari,: cf. OF. adulatoire,


In literature:

There is nothing adulatory in Joseph Bagstock, Sir.
"Dombey and Son" by Charles Dickens
The coincidence of this festival with the Assumption gave rise to adulatory rodomontades of the most absurd description.
"Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte, Complete" by Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne
Every art of praise was tried, and every source of adulatory fiction was exhausted.
"The Young Gentleman and Lady's Monitor, and English Teacher's Assistant" by John Hamilton Moore
It is, in form, necessarily a panegyric, as high-flown and adulatory as such performances in those days were bound to be.
"Bacon" by Richard William Church
These verses, although Kimon's name is nowhere mentioned in them, appeared to the men of that time excessively adulatory.
"Plutarch's Lives, Volume II" by Aubrey Stewart & George Long
The adulatory phrases used as mere conventionalities seemed to have actually turned his head.
"Charles the Bold" by Ruth Putnam
The world ascribes the eulogy to interested motives, or to an adulatory spirit, which I detest.
"The Prose Works of William Wordsworth" by William Wordsworth
When printed, the comedy was dedicated in adulatory terms to Nell Gwynne.
"The Works of Aphra Behn, Vol. I (of 6)" by Aphra Behn
The young poet wrote a most adulatory composition to the Regent, setting forth his innocence.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great Philosophers, Volume 8" by Elbert Hubbard
As was customary, he was presented with adulatory addresses, and on October 10 departed in state.
"The Siege of Boston" by Allen French