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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FLATTER

Very well; she might flatter herself that she had for a mother a most famous hussy.

His speech was not eloquent, nor did it flatter the Leopard Woman, but it was to the point.

I do not give you all this account, my good Sir, to flatter you.

Does R—— flatter himself that his power over my heart is omnipotent?

I believe it's to flatter me you say this, for that song is my writing.

I am really a student, you see, and flatter myself I am a man of science.

But she could not flatter herself he paid much attention to her remarks.

THE fox knows how to flatter, and how to play many cunning tricks.

Steadily drearier grew the ocean, flatter all the heathen lands.

I cannot speak of my own person, but my partial friends were too apt to flatter me.

WORD ORIGIN

early 13c., from Old French flater "to flatter" (13c.), originally "stroke with the hand, caress," from Frankish *flat "palm, flat of the hand" (see flat (adj.)). "[O]ne of many imitative verbs beginning with fl- and denoting unsteady or light, repeated movement" [Liberman]. Related: Flattered; flattering.

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