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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Flattering  \Flat"ter*ing\,  a. 
  That  flatters  (in  the  various  senses  of  the  verb);  as  a 
  flattering  speech. 
 
  Lay  not  that  flattering  unction  to  your  soul.  --Shak. 
 
  A  flattering  painter,  who  made  it  his  care  To  draw  men 
  as  they  ought  be  not  as  they  are  --Goldsmith. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Flatter  \Flat"ter\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Flattered};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Flattering}.]  [OE.  flateren  cf  OD  flatteren;  akin 
  to  G.  flattern  to  flutter,  Icel.  fla?ra  to  fawn,  flatter:  cf 
  F.  flatter.  Cf  {Flitter},  {Flutter},  {Flattery}.] 
  1.  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. 
 
  When  I  tell  him  he  hates  flatterers,  He  says  he 
  does  being  then  most  flattered.  --Shak. 
 
  A  man  that  flattereth  his  neighbor,  spreadeth  a  net 
  for  his  feet.  --Prov.  xxix. 
  5. 
 
  Others  he  flattered  by  asking  their  advice. 
  --Prescott. 
 
  2.  To  raise  hopes  in  to  encourage  or  favorable,  but 
  sometimes  unfounded  or  deceitful,  representations. 
 
  3.  To  portray  too  favorably;  to  give  a  too  favorable  idea  of 
  as  his  portrait  flatters  him 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  flattering 
  adj  :  tending  to  reveal  or  represent  favorably  [ant:  {unflattering}] 




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