Definition of flattery noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈflætəri//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈflætəri//
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  • praise that is not sincere, especially in order to obtain something from somebody You're too intelligent to fall for his flattery.
  • Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French flaterie, from flater ‘stroke, flatter’, probably of Germanic origin and related to flat ‘level’.Extra examples Salespeople are often accused of using artificial flattery. She falls for his flattery every time. She persuaded him with flattery. Flattery will get you nowhere. You’re too intelligent to fall for his flattery.Idioms
    flattery will get you everywhere/nowhere
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    (informal, humorous) praise that is not sincere will/will not get you what you want
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: flattery