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 artful commendation or compliments; adulation; false, insincere, or excessive praise.
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Just praise is only a debt, but flattery is a present.
Rambler.
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Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver.
Burke.

Syn. -- Adulation; compliment; obsequiousness. See Adulation.
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