Etymology
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flattery (n.)

early 14c., "dishonest praise, coaxing speech," from Old French flaterie "flattery, cajolery" (Modern French flatterie), from flater "to flatter" (see flatter).

updated on November 22, 2014

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Definitions of flattery from WordNet

flattery (n.)
excessive or insincere praise;
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