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flatterer

Definitions

  • SEVERE, BUT FLATTERING
    SEVERE, BUT FLATTERING
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n flatterer a person who uses flattery
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Flatterer One who flatters. "The most abject flaterers degenerate into the greatest tyrants."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n flatterer One who flatters; one who praises another with a view to please him, to gain his favor, or to accomplish some purpose.
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Quotations

  • Mark Twain
    Mark%20Twain
    “When your friends begin to flatter you on how young you look, it's a sure sign you're getting old.”
  • 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.”
  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “If we did not flatter ourselves the flattery from others would not harm us.”

Usage

In literature:

Very likely you'll laugh and say that I flatter myself.
"The Lady With The Dog and Other Stories" by Anton Chekhov
She had the gift which makes the saying of sweet and flattering things appear the merest simplicity.
"The Testing of Diana Mallory" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Men ought not to be flattered so.
"Halcyone" by Elinor Glyn
I believe it's because he flatters you, and says you look younger than any of us.
"Leonora" by Arnold Bennett
Both contained short and flattering articles on the important Commission entrusted to Mr. George Anderson by the Prime Minister.
"Lady Merton, Colonist" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
He was agreeably flattered by this tribute to the greatness of his house.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
But upon receiving a very flattering reassurance, he accepted the offer.
"Gordon Keith" by Thomas Nelson Page
I didn't flatter you in the least.
"The Marriage of William Ashe" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Perhaps she was spoiled and flattered, until her poor little soul was stifled, which is likely.
"The Bell in the Fog and Other Stories" by Gertrude Atherton
Flatters, on the other hand, was responsible for sixty lives.
"Atlantida" by Pierre Benoit
Audrey blushed at the descriptions of herself, which were flattering.
"The Lion's Share" by E. Arnold Bennett
Her worship flattered him, and in this flattery she had, perhaps, her strongest hold on his heart.
"Life and Gabriella" by Ellen Glasgow
To stroll with you, Sir Doctor, flatters; 'Tis honor, profit, unto me.
"Faust" by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Flatter me, make thy court, and say, It did; Kings in a crowd would have their vices hid.
"The Works of John Dryden, Volume 5 (of 18)" by John Dryden
We all refused except Mery, who, wishing to flatter him, attacked his weak side.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine -- Volume 55, No. 340, February, 1844" by Various
He was not exactly flattered, but decidedly pleased that she had sent for him.
"The Witness" by Grace Livingston Hill Lutz
The ruinous tendencies of this self-flattering enterprize can only be checked by timely and general foresight.
"The Prose Works of William Wordsworth" by William Wordsworth
It is flatter than usual, if we trace it from the cheek towards the turn, and is strikingly bold.
"The Violin" by George Hart
He had flattered himself that it was so, and this had been the result!
"Kept in the Dark" by Anthony Trollope
Through these windows Dorn saw with a clarity that flattered him.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
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In poetry:

And I shall wear the blue, I think-
They beg to touch its rippled lace;
Or do they love me best in pink,
So sweetly flattering the face?
"Ninon De Lenclos, On Her Last Birthday" by Dorothy Parker
My Nannie's charming, sweet, an' young:
Nae artfu' wiles to Will ye, O:
May ill befa' the flattering tongue
That wad beguile my Nannie, O.
"My Nannie, O" by Robert Burns
"And though the flatterer Hope deceives,
And painted prospects shows;
Yet man, still cheated, still believes,
Till death the bright scene close.
"Sir Eldred Of The Bower : A Legendary Tale: In Two Parts" by Hannah More
Deckt wi' scarlet, sword, and musket
Drunk wi' dreams as fause as vain;
Fleetch'd and flatter'd, roos'd and buskit,
Wow! but Will was wondrous fain!
"The Waes O' War : Or The Upshot Of The History O' Will And Jean. In Four Parts" by Hector MacNeill
'My tongue in flattering language spoke,
And sweeter silence never broke
in busiest street or loneliest glen.
I take you with the flashes of my pen.
"To J.M.B." by Louisa May Alcott
To mimic heaven; and clapt her hands and cried,
"I marvel if my still delight
In this great house so royal-rich, and wide,
Be flatter'd to the height.
"The Palace of Art" by Alfred Lord Tennyson

In news:

High Fashion Hits The White House Scarlett Johansson opted for a pink Miu Miu strapless, which was far from flattering on her.
I should also add that I have had the lie & loft of each iron checked and have modified the higher irons to a flatter lie beginning with the 6 iron, 7 & 8 Iron, and my 9 iron and PW to fit my swing.
His youngest daughter, Cordelia, refuses to flatter him falsely, sending Lear into a rage.
Long gone are the days when expectant mothers grew frustrated with the lack of flattering clothes.
Mack Brown had less than flattering things to say about the ESPN owned entity.
Emma Stone "flattered" by Jim Carrey YouTube love letter .
Emma Stone "flattered" by Jim Carrey YouTube love letter.
In floor-sweeping gowns and figure-flattering brights, see who stood out at this year's Emmy Awards.
The First Lady accented her flattering Tracy Reese dress with the season's hottest hue.
His depiction of the official world is far from flattering.
The long shape is especially flattering.
'The Partisan : The Life of William Rehnquist' by John A Jenkins has a point to make about the late chief justice, and it's not a flattering one.
It's always flattering when people want to copy what you do.
Outdoor spaces have many purposes besides just flattering your home.
Banish beach-going fears with a vintage silhouette that is universally figure-flattering.
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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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