from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Attractive or good-looking; that makes one look good.
  • v. Present participle of flatter.
  • n. The action of the verb to flatter.
  • n. Instances of flattery.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. That flatters (in the various senses of the verb).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Adapted to excite complacency or hope; gratifying; pleasurable; encouraging: as flattering words or commendations; flattering prospects; a flattering reception.
  • n. Flattery; a flattering speech or action.

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

  • adj. showing or representing to advantage


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  • He would NOT have written in flattering tones about how they eschew gadgetry in favor or a more low-tech way of hunting.

    Poor Representation

  • With so few good clothing options out there today, I really feel for women that want to dress in flattering clothing because they have such a hard time finding something nice.

    Modest Feminine Dress From the Pages of 1990 Victoria Magazine

  • I don't think there's anything wrong with dressing in flattering clothes, in seeking out items that look good on you and hair and makeup that's attractive.

    What Not To Share

  • Often, this is accomplished by simply showing the product in flattering light.

    Archive 2006-08-01

  • What's flattering is that he has me on his mind when he's at home.

  • Judah and Jerusalem desolate then this credit of the prophets, and the hopes of the people, will both sink together; the former will be found false in flattering the people and the latter foolish in suffering themselves to be imposed upon by them, and so exposed to so much the greater confusion, when the judgment shall surprise them in their security.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume IV (Isaiah to Malachi)

  • ... which, given the size of my nose, may only result in flattering improvements.

    Nose to the Grindstone

  • 65 Thus accounting for his sickness, improbably enough but in flattering way.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • It's not what I would call a flattering naked portrait of Madonna.

    June 2009

  • But, a single source soft box, with no under-fill, no bounce cards, no hair-lights, is hardly what you'd call flattering beauty light.

    Please Don't Retouch Me


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