• WordNet 3.6
    • n flattery excessive or insincere praise
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Flattery The act or practice of flattering; the act of pleasing by artful commendation or compliments; adulation; false, insincere, or excessive praise. "Just praise is only a debt, but flattery is a present.""Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n flattery The act of one who flatters; false, insincere, or venal praise; obsequiousness; adulation; cajolery.
    • n flattery Synonyms Compliment, Adulation, Flattery, etc. (see adulation); sycophancy, fawning, blandishment.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Flattery false praise
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  • Minna Antrim
    “Between flattery and admiration there often flows a river of contempt.”
  • Bible
    “Flattery is a form of hatred.”
  • Josh Billings
    “Flattery is like cologne water, to be smelt, not swallowed.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Just praise is only a debt, but flattery is a present.”
  • Spanish Proverb
    Spanish Proverb
    “Flattery makes friends and truth makes enemies.”
  • Baruch (Benedict de) Spinoza
    “None are more taken in by flattery than the proud, who wish to be the first and are not.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. flaterie, OF. flaterie, F. flaterie, fr. flater, to flatter, F. flatter,; of uncertain origin. See Flatter (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. flater (Fr. flatter); Teut.; cf. Ice. fladhra.


In literature:

In his early manhood, Henry was accounted the handsomest prince of his time, but allowance must be made for the flattery of his subjects.
"Sir Joshua Reynolds" by Estelle M. Hurll
Were I to tell you of the impression you have made on every one here you would accuse me of flattery.
"Charlotte Bronte and Her Circle" by Clement K. Shorter
He stole from them, only to be thrown the kisses of flattery in return.
"Germany and the Germans" by Price Collier
Then Meares had gone south past Flattery, seeking in vain for the River of the West.
"Vikings of the Pacific" by Agnes C. Laut
A love of flattery was her weak point.
"Eventide" by Effie Afton
But the flattery of women is so much more delicate, and so much more sincere, that it is far more dangerous.
"Hours in a Library, Volume I. (of III.)" by Leslie Stephen
How proud and dignified she had been, how piquant and daring and indifferent to flattery!
"A Little Girl in Old Detroit" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
He has not sought to ennoble her heart so much as to weaken it with flatteries.
"Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women" by George Sumner Weaver
Flattery may be considered as a mode of companionship, degrading but profitable to him who flatters.
"Book of Wise Sayings" by W. A. Clouston
Few men are insensible to flattery.
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid

In poetry:

"Happy must be the State
Whose ruler heedeth more
The murmurs of the poor
Than flatteries of the great."
"King Solomon and the Ants" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"Nor pass the words as idle phrases by;
Stranger! I never writ a flattery,
Nor sign'd the page that register'd a lie."
"The Pen And The Album" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Ah! let not pleasure blind thy eyes,
Or flattery lure thy heart;
But in the morning of thy life,
Secure the better part.
""Though Life Is Young"" by Mary Ann H T Bigelow
``Their pompous flatteries are not for me,
My panegyric is the secret sigh:
Wherefore should mortals monuments decree
To Me who cannot die?
"Sacred And Profane Love" by Alfred Austin
Deck your dull talk with pilfered shreds
Of learning from a nobler time,
And oil each other's little heads
With mutual Flattery's golden slime:
"Fame's Penny-Trumpet" by Lewis Carroll
These fine flatteries, these fine phrases
Make me doubt of thee, Chrysanthus.
He who gilds the false so well,
Must mere truth find unattractive.
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act III" by Denis Florence MacCarthy

In news:

If imitation is flattery, then cable should be getting a dozen roses and a thank-you card any day now.
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, what can be said of plagiarism.
MONTPELIER – The letter begins with pure flattery.
Your form of flirtatious flattery might be reading a little creepy.
He knew flattery would net him a steady supply.
I know imitation is the highest form of flattery but when does it become downright stealing.
From LivingSocial to Yipit, a roundup of some of the most notable daily deal sites out there, proving that imitation remains the best form of flattery.
Imitation , flattery, etc: New York Magazine's Sarah Palin story looks awfully familiar.
All Blogs Phlog Imitation , flattery, etc: New York Magazine's Sarah Palin story looks awfully familiar.
Imitation the Sincerest Flattery.
When HBO unveiled its 15-channel digital multiplex last week, Encore Group Chairman John Sie let it be known that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
Roisin Murphy Knows That Lady GaGa's Imitation Is In Fact Flattery.
"Weird Al" Yankovic on Imitation as Flattery.
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
Her favorite flattery is being told her personality and body stand out from other Playmates .