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Meaning of FLATTER

Pronunciation:  'flatur

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  praise somewhat dishonestly

FLATTER is a 7 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: blandish
 Antonyms: belittle, disparage, pick at
 See Also: adulate, bootlick, brown-nose, butter up, fawn, kotow, kowtow, praise, soft-soap, stroke, suck up, toady, truckle



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Flat"ter\, n.
    1. One who, or that which, makes flat or flattens.
    2. (Metal Working)
       (a) A flat-faced fulling hammer.
       (b) A drawplate with a narrow, rectangular orifice, for
           drawing flat strips, as watch springs, etc.
  2. \Flat"ter\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Flattered}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Flattering}.] [OE. flateren, cf. OD. flatteren; akin
    to G. flattern to flutter, Icel. fla?ra to fawn, flatter: cf.
    F. flatter. Cf. {Flitter}, {Flutter}, {Flattery}.]
    1. 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.      --Shak.
             A man that flattereth his neighbor, spreadeth a net
             for his feet.                         --Prov. xxix.
             Others he flattered by asking their advice.
    2. To raise hopes in; to encourage or favorable, but
       sometimes unfounded or deceitful, representations.
    3. To portray too favorably; to give a too favorable idea of;
       as, his portrait flatters him.
  3. \Flat"ter\, v. i.
    To use flattery or insincere praise.
          If it may stand him more in stead to lie, Say and
          unsay, feign, flatter, or adjure.        --Milton.
Thesaurus Terms
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