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Related to flatterer: adulate, sycophantic

flat·ter 1

v. flat·tered, flat·ter·ing, flat·ters
1. To compliment excessively and often insincerely, especially in order to win favor.
2. To please or gratify the vanity of: "What really flatters a man is that you think him worth flattering" (George Bernard Shaw).
a. To portray favorably: a photograph that flatters its subject.
b. To show off becomingly or advantageously.
To practice flattery.

[Middle English flateren, from Old French flater, of Germanic origin; see plat- in Indo-European roots.]

flat′ter·er n.
flat′ter·ing·ly adv.

flat·ter 2

1. A flat-faced swage or hammer used by blacksmiths.
2. A die plate for flattening metal into strips, as in the manufacture of watch springs.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.flatterer - a person who uses flatteryflatterer - a person who uses flattery    
follower - a person who accepts the leadership of another
ass-kisser, crawler, sycophant, toady, lackey - a person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantage


One who flatters another excessively:
Informal: apple-polisher.
مُتَمَلِّق، مُتَزَلِّف
skjallari, smjaîrari


[ˈflætərəʳ] Nadulador(a) m/f


[ˈflætər] nflatteur/euse m/f


nSchmeichler(in) m(f)


[ˈflætərəʳ] nadulatore/trice


(ˈflӕtə) verb
1. to praise too much or insincerely. Flatter him by complimenting him on his singing.
2. to show, describe etc someone or something as being better than someone etc really is. The photograph flatters him.
3. to be pleased to say about (oneself) (that one can do something). I flatter myself that I can speak French perfectly.
ˈflatterer noun
ˈflattery noun
insincere praise.
References in classic literature ?
Neither is it merely in the phrase; for whereas it hath been well said, that the arch-flatterer, with whom all the petty flatterers have intelligence, is a man's self; certainly the lover is more.
For their decrees are like the others' edicts; their demagogues like the others' flatterers: but their greatest resemblance consists in the mutual support they give to each other, the flatterer to the tyrant, the demagogue to the people: and to them it is owing that the supreme power is lodged in the votes of the people, and not in the laws; for they bring everything before them, as their influence is owing to their being supreme whose opinions they entirely direct; for these are they whom the multitude obey.
The Ape and all his court, gratified with the lie, commanded that a handsome present be given to the flatterer.
Because there is no other way of guarding oneself from flatterers except letting men understand that to tell you the truth does not offend you; but when every one may tell you the truth, respect for you abates.
He who does otherwise is either overthrown by flatterers, or is so often changed by varying opinions that he falls into contempt.
Can you guess how he will be likely to behave towards his flatterers and his supposed parents, first of all during the period when he is ignorant of the false relation, and then again when he knows?
This being indeed the means which they use to recompense to themselves their extreme servility and condescension to their superiors; for nothing can be more reasonable, than that slaves and flatterers should exact the same taxes on all below them, which they themselves pay to all above them.
Flatterers are they, and whimperers, and nothing more.
As great men are urged on to the abuse of power (when they need urging, which is not often), by their flatterers and dependents, so old John was impelled to these exercises of authority by the applause and admiration of his Maypole cronies, who, in the intervals of their nightly pipes and pots, would shake their heads and say that Mr Willet was a father of the good old English sort; that there were no new-fangled notions or modern ways in him; that he put them in mind of what their fathers were when they were boys; that there was no mistake about him; that it would be well for the country if there were more like him, and more was the pity that there were not; with many other original remarks of that nature.
The flatterer is thus an impediment to effective governing.
Synonyms, it went on, include "toady, yes man, flunky, fawner, flatterer.