Webster 1913 Edition
flaterto flatter, F.
flatter; of uncertain origin. See
The act or practice of flattering; the act of pleasing by artful commendation or compliments; adulation; false, insincere, or excessive praise.
Just praise is only a debt, but
flatteryis a present.
Syn. – Adulation; compliment; obsequiousness. See
Webster 1828 Edition
1.False praise; commendation bestowed for the purpose of gaining favor and influence, or to accomplish some purpose. Direct flattery consists in praising a person himself; indirect flattery consists in praising a person through his works or his connections.
Simple pride for flattery makes demands.
Just praise is only a debt, but flattery is a present.
2.Adulation; obsequiousness; wheedling.
3.Just commendation which gratifies self-love.