Roget's Thesaurus: Entry 933 (Flattery)

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#933. Flattery. -- N. flattery, adulation, gloze; blandishment, blandiloquence[obs]; cajolery; fawning, wheedling &c.v.; captation[obs], coquetry, obsequiousness, sycophancy, flunkeyism[obs], toadeating[obs], tuft-hunting; snobbishness.

incense, honeyed words, flummery; bunkum, buncombe; blarney, placebo, butter; soft soap, soft sawder[obs]; rose water.

voice of the charmer, mouth honor; lip homage; euphemism; unctuousness &c. adj.

V. flatter, praise to the skies, puff; wheedle, cajole, glaver[obs], coax; fawn upon, faun upon; humor, gloze, soothe, pet, coquet, slaver, butter; jolly [U.S.]; bespatter, beslubber[obs], beplaster[obs], beslaver[obs]; lay it on thick, overpraise; earwig, cog, collogue[obs]; truckle to, pander to, pandar to[obs], suck up to, kiss the ass of [vulgar], pay court to; court; creep into the good graces of, curry favor with, hang on the sleeve of; fool to the top of one;s bent; lick the dust.

lay the flattering unction to one's soul, gild the pill, make things pleasant.

overestimate &c. 482; exaggerate &c. 549.

Adj. flattering &c.v.; adulatory; mealy-mouthed, honey-mouthed; honeyed; smooth, smooth-tongued; soapy, oily, unctuous, blandiloquent[obs], specious; fine-spoken, fair spoken; plausible, servile, sycophantic, fulsome; courtierly[obs], courtier-like.

Adv. ad captandum[Lat].