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Wordnet 3.0


1. showing or representing to advantage;
- Example: "a flattering color"

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Flatter \Flat"ter\ (fl[a^]t"t[~e]r), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Flattered; p. pr. & vb. n. Flattering.] [OE. flateren, cf. OD. flatteren; akin to G. flattern to flutter, Icel. fla[eth]ra to fawn, flatter: cf. F. flatter. Cf. Flitter, Flutter, Flattery.] 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. [1913 Webster] When I tell him he hates flatterers, He says he does, being then most flattered. --Shak. [1913 Webster] A man that flattereth his neighbor, spreadeth a net for his feet. --Prov. xxix. 5. [1913 Webster] Others he flattered by asking their advice. --Prescott. [1913 Webster] 2. To raise hopes in; to encourage or favorable, but sometimes unfounded or deceitful, representations. [1913 Webster] 3. To portray too favorably; to give a too favorable idea of; as, his portrait flatters him. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Flattering \Flat"ter*ing\, a. That flatters (in the various senses of the verb); as, a flattering speech. [1913 Webster] Lay not that flattering unction to your soul. --Shak. [1913 Webster] A flattering painter, who made it his care, To draw men as they ought be, not as they are. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

flattering adj 1: showing or representing to advantage; "a flattering color" [ant: uncomplimentary, unflattering]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

73 Moby Thesaurus words for "flattering": abject, acclamatory, admiring, adulatory, appreciative, approbatory, backscratching, becoming, beggarly, bland, blandishing, blarneying, bootlicking, buttery, cajoling, commendatory, complimentary, courtierly, courtly, cowering, crawling, cringing, crouching, encomiastic, enhancing, eulogistic, fair-spoken, fawning, fine-spoken, footlicking, fulsome, gratifying, groveling, gushing, hangdog, honey-mouthed, honey-tongued, honeyed, ingratiating, insincere, insinuating, kind, laudatory, mealymouthed, obeisant, obsequious, oily, oily-tongued, on bended knee, panegyric, parasitic, prostrate, regardful, respectful, slimy, slobbery, smarmy, smooth, smooth-spoken, smooth-tongued, sniveling, soapy, soft-soaping, sponging, sugary, sycophantic, timeserving, toadeating, toadying, toadyish, truckling, unctuous, wheedling