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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Flattery  \Flat"ter*y\,  n.;  pl  {Flatteries}.  [OE.  flaterie,  OF 
  flaterie,  F.  flaterie,  fr  flater  to  flatter,  F.  flatter;  of 
  uncertain  origin.  See  {Flatter},  v.  t.] 
  The  act  or  practice  of  flattering;  the  act  of  pleasing  by 
  artiful  commendation  or  compliments;  adulation;  false, 
  insincere,  or  excessive  praise. 
 
  Just  praise  is  only  a  debt,  but  flattery  is  a  present. 
  --Rambler. 
 
  Flattery  corrupts  both  the  receiver  and  the  giver. 
  --Burke. 
 
  Syn:  Adulation;  compliment;  obsequiousness.  See  {Adulation}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  flattery 
  n  :  excessive  or  insincere  praise 




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