What does flattery mean?

Definitions for flattery
ˈflæt ə riflat·te·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. flatterynoun

    excessive or insincere praise

Wiktionary

  1. flatterynoun

    Excessive praise or approval, which is often insincere and sometimes contrived to win favour.

  2. flatterynoun

    An instance of excessive praise.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Flatterynoun

    False praise; artful obsequiousness; adulation.

    Etymology: from flatter; flaterie, French.

    Minds, by nature great, are conscious of their greatness,
    And hold it mean to borrow aught from flattery. Nicholas Rowe.

    Simple pride for flatt’ry makes demands. Alexander Pope.

    See how they beg an alms of flattery!
    They languish, O! support them with a lye. Edward Young.

Wikipedia

  1. Flattery

    Flattery (also called adulation or blandishment) is the act of giving excessive compliments, generally for the purpose of ingratiating oneself with the subject. It is also used in pick-up lines when attempting to initiate sexual or romantic courtship. Historically, flattery has been used as a standard form of discourse when addressing a king or queen. In the Renaissance, it was a common practice among writers to flatter the reigning monarch, as Edmund Spenser flattered Queen Elizabeth I in The Faerie Queene, William Shakespeare flattered King James I in Macbeth and Niccolò Machiavelli flattered Lorenzo II de' Medici in The Prince. Many associations with flattery, however, are negative. Negative descriptions of flattery range at least as far back in history as the Bible. In the Divine Comedy, Dante depicts flatterers wading in human excrement, stating that their words were the equivalent of excrement, in the second bolgia of 8th Circle of Hell. An insincere flatterer is a stock character in many literary works. Examples include Wormtongue from J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Goneril and Regan from King Lear, and Iago from Othello.

ChatGPT

  1. flattery

    Flattery is the act of giving excessive, insincere or exaggerated compliments to someone, often for the purpose of gaining their favor, approval, or to achieve a personal gain. It typically involves praising or complimenting someone beyond what is deserved or accurate, often with the aim of manipulating the person's opinions or decisions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Flatteryverb

    the act or practice of flattering; the act of pleasing by artiful commendation or compliments; adulation; false, insincere, or excessive praise

Wikidata

  1. Flattery

    Flattery is the act of giving excessive compliments, generally for the purpose of ingratiating oneself with the subject. Historically, flattery has been used as a standard form of discourse when addressing a king or queen. In the Renaissance, it was a common practice among writers to flatter the reigning monarch, as Edmund Spenser flattered Queen Elizabeth I in The Faerie Queene, William Shakespeare flattered King James I in Macbeth and Niccolò Machiavelli flattered Lorenzo II de' Medici, ruler of Florence and Duke of Urbino, in The Prince. Flattery is also used in pick-up lines when attempting to initiate romantic courtship. Most associations with flattery, however, are negative. Negative descriptions of flattery range at least as far back in history as The Bible. In the Divine Comedy, Dante depicts flatterers wading in human excrement, stating that their words were the equivalent of excrement, in the 8th Circle of Hell. An insincere flatterer is a stock character in many literary works. Examples include Wormtongue from J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Goneril and Regan from King Lear, and Iago from Othello. Historians and philosophers have paid attention to flattery as a problem in ethics and politics. Plutarch wrote an essay on "How to Tell a Flatterer from a Friend." Julius Caesar was notorious for his flattery. In his Praise of Folly, Erasmus commended flattery because it "raises downcast spirits, comforts the sad, rouses the apathetic, stirs up the stolid, cheers the sick, restrains the headstrong, brings lovers together and keeps them united."

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. FLATTERY

    Cologne water, to be smelled of but not swallowed.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. FLATTERY

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Flattery is ranked #33596 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Flattery surname appeared 678 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Flattery.

    95.8% or 650 total occurrences were White.
    1.6% or 11 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.3% or 9 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of flattery in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of flattery in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of flattery in a Sentence

  1. Kenneth Adelman:

    Trump gave up lots of things and got absolutely nothing from the North Koreans except for one thing, which was the one thing he wanted -- enormous flattery, i think Putin will be wonderful at this to say 'Oh My God, we had such great rapport, we just get along so well,' -- that is all that Trump really wants.

  2. Fulton John Sheen:

    Baloney is the unvarnished lie laid on so thick you hate it. Blarney is flattery laid on so thin you love it.

  3. Sir Richard Steele:

    Whenever you commend, add your reasons for doing so it is this which distinguishes the approbation of a man of sense from the flattery of sycophants and admiration of fools.

  4. Barbara Greenberg:

    It can be very difficult to resist the attention and flattery that come in the early stages of an affair.

  5. Charlotte Pence:

    I think imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, we have two books that are giving to charities that are both about bunnies, so I'm all for it.

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