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flat·ter 1

 (flăt′ər)
v. flat·tered, flat·ter·ing, flat·ters
v.tr.
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).
3.
a. To portray favorably: a photograph that flatters its subject.
b. To show off becomingly or advantageously.
v.intr.
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

 (flăt′ər)
n.
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.

flattering

(ˈflætərɪŋ)
adj
1. censorious insincerely praising
2. gratifying to the ego; pleasing: It's flattering to be considered for such a role..
3. that shows someone or something to advantage: a refreshing new look that's flattering to skins of all ages.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.flattering - showing or representing to advantage; "a flattering color"
uncomplimentary, unflattering - showing or representing unfavorably; "an unflattering portrait"; "an uncomplimentary dress"

flattering

adjective
1. becoming, kind, effective, enhancing, well-chosen It wasn't a very flattering photograph.
becoming plain, unattractive, unflattering, warts and all, unbecoming, not shown in the best light, not shown to advantage
3. pleasing, satisfying, gratifying, pleasurable It is very flattering to be spoken of like that.

flattering

adjective
Pleasingly suited to the wearer:
Translations
imartelevamairitteleva
smickrande

flattering

[ˈflætərɪŋ] ADJ
1. (= complimentary) [remark, words] → halagador
the play had very flattering reviewsla obra recibió críticas muy halagadoras or halagüeñas
he was very flattering about youhabló muy bien de ti
that's not very flattering to him!¡vaya imagen que pintas de él! (iro)
2. (= gratifying) it was flattering to be told how indispensable he wasle halagó que le dijeran lo indispensable que era
he found the interest in him flatteringse sentía halagado por la atención que le prestaban
3. (= fawning) → adulador
she was surrounded by flattering admirersestaba rodeada de admiradores que la adulaban
4. [photo, clothes] → favorecedor
that dress isn't flattering at all on youese vestido no te favorece nada

flattering

[ˈflætərɪŋ] adj
[remark] → flatteur/euse
it is flattering to do ... → c'est flatteur de faire ...
It's flattering to be considered for such a role → C'est flatteur d'être retenu pour le rôle.
[clothes, hairstyle] → avantageux/euse; [photo] → flatteur/euse

flattering

adj
(= complimentary) remarkschmeichelhaft; personschmeichlerisch; she was very flattering about yousie hat sich sehr schmeichelhaft über Sie geäußert; this was hardly flattering to herdas war nicht gerade schmeichelhaft für sie
(= becoming, attractive) clothes, colourvorteilhaft; photographschmeichelhaft; lighter hair shades are more flattering to your complexionhellere Haarfarben sind vorteilhafter für Ihren Teint

flattering

[ˈflætərɪŋ] adj (person, remark) → lusinghiero/a; (clothes) → che dona, che abbellisce
this photo of you is not very flattering → questa foto non ti fa onore
References in classic literature ?
On christmas night, a dozen girls piled onto the bed which was the dress circle, and sat before the blue and yellow chintz curtains in a most flattering state of expectancy.
I used to wish I could have this flattering dream about Antonia, but I never did.
You ought to feel that such things are not flattering to say to a fellow.
Le Renard Subtil does not eat," he said, using the appellation he had found most flattering to the vanity of the Indian.
Smyth, with little Harry, sought the seclusion of the ladies' cabin, where the dark beauty of the supposed little girl drew many flattering comments from the passengers.
Jim said he would "jis' 's soon have tobacker in his coffee;" and found so much fault with it, and with the work and bother of raising the mullen, and jews-harping the rats, and petting and flattering up the snakes and spiders and things, on top of all the other work he had to do on pens, and in- scriptions, and journals, and things, which made it more trouble and worry and responsibility to be a prisoner than anything he ever undertook, that Tom most lost all patience with him; and said he was just loadened down with more gaudier chances than a prisoner ever had in the world to make a name for himself, and yet he didn't know enough to appreciate them, and they was just about wasted on him.
Miranda would have allowed, on compulsion, that in the nature of things a large number of persons must necessarily be born outside this sacred precinct; but she had her opinion of them, and it was not a flattering one.
Perhaps she might have passed over more had his manners been flattering to Isabella's sister, but they were only those of a calmly kind brother and friend, without praise and without blindness; but hardly any degree of personal compliment could have made her regardless of that greatest fault of all in her eyes which he sometimes fell into, the want of respectful forbearance towards her father.
But from such vain wishes she was forced to turn for comfort to the renewal of her confidence in Edward's affection, to the remembrance of every mark of regard in look or word which fell from him while at Barton, and above all to that flattering proof of it which he constantly wore round his finger.
Day and night he was watching, and patiently enduring all the annoyances that irritable nerves and a shaken reason could inflict; and, though Kenneth remarked that what he saved from the grave would only recompense his care by forming the source of constant future anxiety - in fact, that his health and strength were being sacrificed to preserve a mere ruin of humanity - he knew no limits in gratitude and joy when Catherine's life was declared out of danger; and hour after hour he would sit beside her, tracing the gradual return to bodily health, and flattering his too sanguine hopes with the illusion that her mind would settle back to its right balance also, and she would soon be entirely her former self.
But the reason she added next, for her flattering preference of myself, was less to my taste.
Charles Darnay, alone in a cell, had sustained himself with no flattering delusion since he came to it from the Tribunal.