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Definition of "flattery" []

  • The act or practice of flattering. (noun)
  • Excessive or insincere praise. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "flattery" in a sentence
  • "In my opinion, Callicles, there are such processes, and this is the sort of thing which I term flattery, whether concerned with the body or the soul, or whenever employed with a view to pleasure and without any consideration of good and evil."
  • "The Hebrew for "flattery" is "smoothness"; then it came to mean a prey divided by lot, because a smooth stone was used in casting the lots (De 18: 8), "a portion" (Ge 14: 24)."
  • "They say flattery is the way to a woman's heart -- and imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!"