from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or practice of flattering.
- n. Excessive or insincere praise.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Excessive praise or approval, which is often insincere and sometimes contrived to win favour.
- n. An instance of excessive praise.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act or practice of flattering; the act of pleasing by artful commendation or compliments; adulation; false, insincere, or excessive praise.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of one who flatters; false, insincere, or venal praise; obsequiousness; adulation; cajolery.
- n. Synonyms Compliment, Adulation, Flattery, etc. (see adulation); sycophancy, fawning, blandishment.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. excessive or insincere praise
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In my opinion, Callicles, there are such processes, and this is the sort of thing which I term flattery, whether concerned with the body or the soul, or whenever employed with a view to pleasure and without any consideration of good and evil.
The Hebrew for "flattery" is "smoothness"; then it came to mean a prey divided by lot, because a smooth stone was used in casting the lots (De 18: 8), "a portion" (Ge 14: 24).
They say flattery is the way to a woman's heart -- and imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!
In contrast, flattery is extreme, and appeals to our egos in unrealistic ways.
Manipulation through flattery is sometimes innocuous and sometimes sinister.
Sincere compliments from a coworker or a boss are nice, but outrageous flattery is often an attempt to draw you into a sociopath's snare.
Now that the blatant flattery is out of the way, on to nicknames.
I think flattery is the preferred method, though, publishing budgets being what they are.
Elsewhere Aristotle reiterates that flattery is intertwined with demagoguery: “the demagogue is a flatterer of the people …” Politics 1318.
Oh well. they say the highest form of flattery is impersonation.