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The young man was unflatteringly frank in his choice of companions.

Pepin the Short, as he was unflatteringly called by his subjects, succeeded Charles in the government of the Franks.

Names, it seemed, were unflatteringly easy to supply, and were rapidly put up and voted upon for nomination.

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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