1. excessive or insincere praise
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Flattery \Flat"ter*y\, n.; pl. Flatteries. [OE. flaterie, OF.
flaterie, F. flaterie, fr. flater to flatter, F. flatter; of
uncertain origin. See Flatter, v. t.]
The act or practice of flattering; the act of pleasing by
artful commendation or compliments; adulation; false,
insincere, or excessive praise.
Just praise is only a debt, but flattery is a present.
Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver.
Syn: Adulation; compliment; obsequiousness. See Adulation.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: excessive or insincere praise
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
45 Moby Thesaurus words for "flattery":
accolade, adulation, apotheosis, ass-kissing, beguilement,
bepraisement, blandishment, blarney, brown-nosing, cajolery,
congratulation, deification, eloge, encomium, eulogium, eulogy,
exaltation, excessive praise, glorification, glory, hero worship,
homage, hommage, honeyed words, honor, idolatry, idolizing,
incense, kudos, laud, laudation, lionizing, magnification,
meed of praise, oil, overpraise, paean, panegyric, praise, soft,
soft soap, sweet talk, tribute, truckling, wheedling