flattering, present participle; flattered, past tense; flatters, 3rd person singular present; flattered, past participle;
Lavish insincere praise and compliments upon (someone), esp. to further one's own interests
she was flattering him to avoid doing what he wanted
Give an unrealistically favorable impression of
the portraitist flatters his sitter to the detriment of his art
Make (someone) feel honored and pleased
I was very flattered to be given the commission
at least I am flattered that you don't find me boring
Make oneself feel pleased by believing something favorable about oneself, typically something that is unfounded
I flatter myself I'm the best dressed man here
(of a color or a style of clothing) Make (someone) appear more attractive or to the best advantage
the muted fuchsia shade flattered her pale skin
Please (the ear or eye)
the beauty of the stone flattered the young clergyman's eyes
(flattering) showing or representing to advantage; "a flattering color"
(flattery) excessive or insincere praise
Flattery (also called adulation or blandishment) is the act of giving excessive compliments, generally for the purpose of ingratiating oneself with the subject.
In a positive mood because of a comment or action which causes one to feel proud of oneself
(flattering) The action of the verb to flatter; Instances of flattery; Attractive or good-looking; that makes one look good
(Flattery) A type of fallacious argument in which mere praise doubles as evidence. Unsophisticated, but surprisingly effective, aided on many occasions by the "Barnum effect". Example: TO FOLLOW. [Compare damned by high praise.]
(Flattery) As a Mennonite, Houbraken would have been against flattery; however, he writes again and again of the importance of flattering one's patrons in his books, and a recurring theme is when an artist fell onto bad times because he failed to flatter his patron. ...
(Flattery) a negotiating technique, usually used something like this; "You're obviously have great taste. I'm sure you want to get to work on your next home, so maybe we can find a way to make this work today."
(Flattery) n., a place that manufactures A and B cup brassieres only.