noun (plural flatteries)[mass noun]
- Excessive and insincere praise, given especially to further one’s own interests: she allowed no hint of flattery to enter her voiceMore example sentences
praise, adulation, compliments, blandishments, admiration, honeyed words, pats on the back; fawning, simpering, puffery, blarney, cajolery, wheedling• informal sweet talk, soft soap, spiel, buttering up, cosying up, toadying, currying favour, weasel wordsBritish • informal flannel• rare laudation
- Why people comment me with such flatteries, I cannot think!
- As I expected, no man could resist my puppy charms for long - especially when combined with ego-stroking flatteries.
- They continued to walk along in the garden, Mack enchanting her with his flatteries and humorous stories about himself that he made up on the spot.
Middle English: from Old French flaterie, from flater 'stroke, flatter', probably of Germanic origin and related to flat1.