praise somewhat dishonestly
A type of set tool used by blacksmiths.
Someone who flattens, purposely or accidently. Also flattener.
To compliment someone, often insincerely and sometimes to win favour
To enhance someone's vanity by praising them
To portray something to advantage.
To convey notions of the facts that are believed to be favorable to the hearer without certainty of the truthfulness of the notions conveyed.
Origin: From flatteren, flateren, probably a conflation of floterian, from flutrōnan, from pleud-; and flaðra, from flaþrōnan, from peled-. Cognate with flatteren, flattern. The word may have been reinforced in meaning by unrelated flatter, from *. More at flat.
one who, or that which, makes flat or flattens
a flat-faced fulling hammer
a drawplate with a narrow, rectangular orifice, for drawing flat strips, as watch springs, etc
to treat with praise or blandishments; to gratify or attempt to gratify the self-love or vanity of, esp. by artful and interested commendation or attentions; to blandish; to cajole; to wheedle
to raise hopes in; to encourage or favorable, but sometimes unfounded or deceitful, representations
to portray too favorably; to give a too favorable idea of; as, his portrait flatters him
to use flattery or insincere praise
Origin: [OE. flateren, cf. OD. flatteren; akin to G. flattern to flutter, Icel. flara to fawn, flatter: cf. F. flatter. Cf. Flitter, Flutter, Flattery.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
flat′ėr, v.t. to soothe with praise and servile attentions: to please with false hopes or undue praise.—n. Flatt′erer.—adj. Flatt′ering, uttering false praise: pleasing to pride or vanity.—adv. Flatt′eringly.—n. Flatt′ery, false praise. [O. Fr. flater (Fr. flatter); Teut.; cf. Ice. fladhra.]
The numerical value of flatter in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of flatter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
He could flatter and still be real.
Let no one flatter himself of himself he is Satan. Let man take sin, which is his own, and leave righteousness with God.
Blessed is he who has learned To admire but not envy, To follow but not imitate, To praise but not flatter, And to lead but not manipulate.
The revenue declines have been largest in those states like ours with highly progressive tax systems, and smallest in states with flatter tax structures.
Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I may not forget you.
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- превъзнасям, ласкаяBulgarian
- lichotit, pochlebovatCzech
- anbiedern, schmeicheln, einschmeichelnGerman
- adular, lisonjear, halagar, retocarSpanish
- تملق گفتنPersian
- nuoleskella, imarrella, kaunistella, mielistelläFinnish
- चापलूसी करनाHindi
- adulare, lusingareItalian
- 諂う, お世辞を言うJapanese
- 치켜세우다, 알랑거리다, 아첨하다, 아부하다Korean
- blimmelenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- schlebiać, pochlebiać, gładzik kowalskiPolish
- bajular, adularPortuguese
- ла̏скати, lȁskatiSerbo-Croatian
- nịnh nọtVietnamese
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