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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Flat·ter·y n.; pl. Flatteries   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 flattery is a present.   --Rambler.
    Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver.   --Burke.
 Syn: -- Adulation; compliment; obsequiousness. See Adulation.