WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
flat•ter•y /ˈflætəri/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. the act of flattering.
  2. excessive or insincere praise.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
flat•ter•y  (flatə rē), 
n., pl. -ter•ies. 
  1. the act of flattering.
  2. a flattering compliment or speech;
    excessive, insincere praise.
  • Middle French, equivalent. to flat(er) to flatter + -erie -ery. Cf. flatter1
  • Middle English flaterie 1275–1325
2 . sycophancy, toadying, fawning, pandering.

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flattery /ˈflætərɪ/ n ( pl -teries)
  1. the act of flattering
  2. excessive or insincere praise

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