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flatter

Definitions

  • SEVERE, BUT FLATTERING
    SEVERE, BUT FLATTERING
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v flatter praise somewhat dishonestly
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Flatter (Metal Working) A drawplate with a narrow, rectangular orifice, for drawing flat strips, as watch springs, etc.
    • Flatter (Metal Working) A flat-faced fulling hammer.
    • Flatter One who, or that which, makes flat or flattens.
    • Flatter To portray too favorably; to give a too favorable idea of; as, his portrait flatters him.
    • Flatter To raise hopes in; to encourage or favorable, but sometimes unfounded or deceitful, representations.
    • Flatter To treat with praise or blandishments; to gratify or attempt to gratify the self-love or vanity of, esp. by artful and interested commendation or attentions; to blandish; to cajole; to wheedle. "When I tell him he hates flatterers,
      He says he does, being then most flattered ."
      "A man that flattereth his neighbor, spreadeth a net for his feet.""Others he flattered by asking their advice."
    • v. i Flatter To use flattery or insincere praise. "If it may stand him more in stead to lie,
      Say and unsay, feign, flatter, or adjure."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n flatter One who or that which flattens or makes flat.
    • n flatter Specifically A hammer with a broad face, used by smiths in working flat faces.
    • n flatter In wire-drawing, a draw-plate with a flat orifice for drawing flat strips, as for watch-springs, skirt-wire, etc.
    • n flatter Also flattener.
    • flatter To please or gratify, or seek to please or gratify, by praise, especially undue praise, or by obsequious attentions, submission, imitation, etc.; play upon the vanity or self-love of (a person) with a view to gain some advantage.
    • flatter To produce self-complacency or a feeling of personal gratification in; please; charm: as, to feel flattered by approval.
    • flatter To persuade of something which gives pleasure or satisfaction; give encouragement to; especially, to give pleasing but false impressions or encouragement to.
    • flatter To make appear better than the reality warrants: as, the portrait flatters its subject. Synonyms To compliment; cajole, court, coddle, fawn upon, curry favor with. See comparison under adulation.
    • flatter To use language intended to gratify the vanity or self-love of a person; use undue praise.
    • flatter To flutter; float.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Flatter flat′ėr to soothe with praise and servile attentions: to please with false hopes or undue praise
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Quotations

  • Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
    Edward%20G.%20Bulwer-Lytton
    “A fool flatters himself, a wise man flatters the fool.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    Samuel%20Johnson
    “Nothing flatters a man as much as the happiness of his wife; he is always proud of himself as the source of it.”
  • Thomas Kempis
    Thomas%20Kempis
    “Don't flatter the rich, or appear to willing before the great.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    Francois%20De%20La%20Rochefoucauld
    “Self-love is the greatest of all flatterers.”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “He that loves to be flattered is worthy of the flatterer.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    George%20Bernard%20Shaw
    “What really flatters a man is that you think him worth flattering.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. flateren, cf. OD. flatteren,; akin to G. flattern, to flutter, Icel. flaðra, to fawn, flatter: cf. F. flatter,. Cf. Flitter Flutter Flattery
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. flater (Fr. flatter); Teut.; cf. Ice. fladhra.

Usage

In literature:

He was a great flatterer too, the old rogue.
"The Journal of Sir Walter Scott" by Walter Scott
They merely flow, and please those whose unattached sensibility they somehow flatter.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
Flatter'd to tears this aged man and poor.
"Handy Dictionary of Poetical Quotations" by Various
There follows this incantation an incident which flatters his ambition.
"David Lockwin--The People's Idol" by John McGovern
Doors slammed in his face only flatter his self-importance.
"A Hoosier Chronicle" by Meredith Nicholson
Miss Carleton flattered herself that she had found a treasure.
"Marion Arleigh's Penance" by Charlotte M. Braeme
I am afraid to flatter him; I am sure I am not disposed to blame him.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. II. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
He flattered her as she had never been flattered, not too subtly, yet not so broadly as to arouse her suspicion of his intent.
"The Bells of San Juan" by Jackson Gregory
I.i.58 (276,1) glass-fac'd flatterer] That shows in his own look, as by reflection, the looks of his patron.
"Notes to Shakespeare, Volume III: The Tragedies" by Samuel Johnson
It's rather flattering to Jerry.
"Paradise Garden" by George Gibbs
We are praised and flattered to-day, and forgotten to-morrow.
"Macleod of Dare" by William Black
They have therefore chosen a selfish, flattering, seductive, ostentatious vice, in the place of plain duty.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. IV. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
More talk followed; tea and attentions that would have flattered him yesterday.
"Far to Seek" by Maud Diver
I do not think you would flatter me, or tell me an untruth.
"The Claverings" by Anthony Trollope
After objecting for a long while, she brought it with her, flattered at heart and feeling very curious to know what he would say.
"His Masterpiece" by Emile Zola
Only some semi-flattering rumors were connected with Sabine's name, together with some mysterious reminiscences.
"His Excellency the Minister" by Jules Claretie
He is the one I must flatter in order to win entrance to the garden, where I am to work my mischief.
"The Curious Book of Birds" by Abbie Farwell Brown
Confess this, too, that the expression "such a trifle" is exceedingly flattering to both of you.
"The Petty Troubles of Married Life, Complete" by Honore de Balzac
I flattered myself that, as an exhibitioner, he had hardly the right to talk to me about grammar.
"Tom, Dick and Harry" by Talbot Baines Reed
He was quite startled, and immensely flattered.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
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In poetry:

Yes, this too gentle Lover
Hath flattering words to move her
To pride
By His sweet side.
"Any Saint" by Francis Thompson
The music that scatters
From love-litten eyes;
The music that flatters
In words and low sighs,
In laughter that dies:
"Fairies" by Madison Julius Cawein
MUCH did I rage when young,
Being by the world oppressed,
But now with flattering tongue
It speeds the parting guest.
"Youth And Age" by William Butler Yeats
"Why did you say my lip was sweet,
And made the scarlet pale?
And why did I, young witless maid!
Believe the flattering tale?
"William And Margaret" by Henry Morley
Ye nymphs whom starry rays invest,
By flattering poets given,
Who shine, by lavish lovers dress'd,
In all the pomp of heaven.
"On Lyce - An Elderly Lady" by Samuel Johnson
But if indeed with reckless faith
We trust the flattering voice,
Which whispers, "Take thy fill ere death,
Indulge thee and rejoice;"
"Second Sunday After Epiphany" by John Keble

In news:

This summer, the best new polishes are vibrant, sweet, sexy—and flattering for everyone.
Maid of Honor in Flattering Pencil Skirt and Strappy Sandals.
The 6 Most Flattering Haircuts for Round Faces.
The term " perennial candidate" is never flattering.
How to pluck your eyebrows and fill-in your eyebrows for the most flattering look.
Keep details small and the waist high to flatter your small frame.
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Circuit City Stores Inc should feel quite flattered.
It's flattering on most everyone, but it looks especially gorgeous on medium skin tones.
Make a splash this summer in the most flattering suits for your shape.
As sweet as its name, this powdery seafoam shade flatters all skin tones.
Flattered by the compliment, she was one of at least 10 teenage girls who became prostitutes for the Underground Gangster Crips, a violent street gang in Fairfax County, court papers say.
So, for folks to just ASSUME we'll win this is flattering.
Sports bras aren't a very flattering look for your breasts.
We see here Annasaurus Rex (Annabelle in a not so flattering photo).
A flattering photo of a man running a marathon has become an Internet hit.
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In science:

There exist core-jet structures in the central parts of the QSR(cid:146)s: The jet of low surface brightness, with moderately steep spectra, are capped by bright spots with flatter spectra.
Gamma-ray bursts, BL Lacs, Supernovae, and Interacting Galaxies
In these sources, cm-spectra are flatter, implying a break in the spectrum at < 1mm.
Gamma-ray bursts, BL Lacs, Supernovae, and Interacting Galaxies
We find that the slope of composite LFs becomes flatter toward a redder color band.
Annotation of Scientific Summaries for Information Retrieval
This figure shows that AGASA data is in fact marginally consistent with a transition between heavy and light composition between ρ(600) of 1 and 100 m-2 (corresponding to an energy range of 2 x 1017 to 2 x 1019 eV), since the experimental slope is flatter than the predicted one for a constant composition.
Highest Energy Cosmic Rays and results from the HiRes Experiment
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