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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or practice of flattering.
  • n. Excessive or insincere praise.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Excessive praise or approval, which is often insincere and sometimes contrived to win favour.
  • n. An instance of excessive praise.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or practice of flattering; the act of pleasing by artful commendation or compliments; adulation; false, insincere, or excessive praise.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of one who flatters; false, insincere, or venal praise; obsequiousness; adulation; cajolery.
  • n. Synonyms Compliment, Adulation, Flattery, etc. (see adulation); sycophancy, fawning, blandishment.

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

  • n. excessive or insincere praise

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