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Definition of Flatter


  1. One who, or that which, makes flat or flattens.
  2. A flat-faced fulling hammer.
  3. A drawplate with a narrow, rectangular orifice, for drawing flat strips, as watch springs, etc.
  4. To treat with praise or blandishments; to gratify or attempt to gratify the self-love or vanity of, esp. by artful and interested commendation or attentions; to blandish; to cajole; to wheedle.
  5. To raise hopes in; to encourage or favorable, but sometimes unfounded or deceitful, representations.
  6. To portray too favorably; to give a too favorable idea of; as, his portrait flatters him.
  7. To use flattery or insincere praise.

Flatter Quotations

When your friends begin to flatter you on how young you look, it's a sure sign you're getting old.
Mark Twain

Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you. Love me and I may be forced to love you.
William Arthur Ward

He who knows how to flatter also knows how to slander.
Napoleon Bonaparte

Don't flatter yourselves that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. On the contrary, the nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

All of us should be on guard against beliefs that flatter ourselves. At the very least, we should check such beliefs against facts.
Thomas Sowell
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Flatter Translations

flatter in Afrikaans is vlei
flatter in Danish is smigre
flatter in Dutch is vleien
flatter in Finnish is imarrella
flatter in French is adulent, aduler, flatter, adulez, adulons
flatter in German is schmeicheln, flachere
flatter in Italian is lusingare
flatter in Latin is palpo, lenocinor
flatter in Norwegian is smigre
flatter in Portuguese is alisador
flatter in Spanish is adular
flatter in Swedish is smickra

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