Flat·ter v. t. [imp. & p. p. Flattered p. pr. & vb. n. Flattering.]
1. 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.
When I tell him he hates flatterers,
He says he does, being then most flattered. --Shak.
A man that flattereth his neighbor, spreadeth a net for his feet. --Prov. xxix. 5.
Others he flattered by asking their advice. --Prescott.
2. To raise hopes in; to encourage or favorable, but sometimes unfounded or deceitful, representations.
3. To portray too favorably; to give a too favorable idea of; as, his portrait flatters him.
Flat·ter·ing, a. That flatters (in the various senses of the verb); as, a flattering speech.
Lay not that flattering unction to your soul. --Shak.
A flattering painter, who made it his care,
To draw men as they ought be, not as they are. --Goldsmith.
adj : tending to reveal or represent favorably [ant: unflattering]