from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun excessive or insincere praise


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