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  • n. One who flatters.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who flatters.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who flatters; one who praises another with a view to please him, to gain his favor, or to accomplish some purpose.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who uses flattery


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  • Flattery and flatterers are pleasant: the flatterer is a man who, you believe, admires and likes To do the same thing often is pleasant, since, as we saw, anything habitual is pleasant.


  • A flatterer is a dunce to him, for he can tell him nothing but what he knows before: and yet he loves him too, because he is like himself.

    Microcosmography or, a Piece of the World Discovered; in Essays and Characters

  • Flattery and the flatterer are pleasant; since the flatterer is a seeming admirer and a seeming friend.

    The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to prose. Volume I (of X) - Greece

  • A public assembly, though composed of men of the smallest possible culture, nevertheless will see clearly the difference between a mere demagogue (that is, a flatterer and untrustworthy citizen) and a man of principle, standing, and solidity.

    Treatises on Friendship and Old Age

  • Most people seem, owing to ambition, to wish to be loved rather than to love; which is why most men love flattery; for the flatterer is a friend in an inferior position, or pretends to be such and to love more than he is loved; and being loved seems to be akin to being honoured, and this is what most people aim at.


  • Some praises proceed merely of flattery; and if he be an ordinary flatterer, he will have certain common attributes, which may serve every man; if he be a cunning flatterer, he will follow the arch-flatterer, which is a man¬ís self; and wherein a man thinketh best of himself, therein the flatterer will uphold him most: but if he be an impudent flatterer, look wherein a man is conscious to himself that he is most defective, and is most out of countenance in himself, that will the flatterer entitle him to perforce, spreta conscientia [in disdain of conscience].

    LIII. Of Praise

  • What kind of flatterer then must we be on our guard against?

    Plutarch's Morals

  • Miriam had grown up, had become a Christian and a happy one; and as yet no "flatterer" had beguiled her off upon the "Enchanted Ground."

    Tired Church Members

  • Madame Beavor called him "flatterer," and rapped his knuckles with her fan; the latter proceeding the brave Pole did not seem to like, for he immediately buried his hands in his trousers 'pockets.

    Night and Morning, Volume 3

  • "Of a surety, my lord," said one of his principal associates, who was called flatterer, "my uncle shows you no respect but what is fully your right; but with your permission, I will assert, that he has not bestowed half the commendation on her ladyship which she deserves.

    The Sleeping Bard or, Visions of the World, Death, and Hell

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