flattering Definition

  • 1making someone look or seem better or more attractive than usual
  • 2praising someone in a way that is not sincere in order to get something from them

Using flattering: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "flattering" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The dress was very flattering on her.

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    He gave her some very flattering compliments.

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    She found the article to be very flattering.

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    The photographer took some very flattering pictures of her.

flattering Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with flattering

  • to believe or assert something positive about oneself, often without justification


    He was flattering himself if he thought he could win the race.

  • seeming to be good or promising but actually being disappointing or dishonest


    The team's early success was flattering to deceive, as they ended up losing the championship.

  • used to tell someone that praising or flattering them will not make you do what they want


    I appreciate your flattery, but it won't change my decision.


Summary: flattering in Brief

The term 'flattering' [ˈflæt̬.ɚ.ɪŋ] refers to making someone look or seem better or more attractive than usual, or praising someone insincerely to get something from them. It can describe clothing, compliments, or articles, such as 'The dress was very flattering on her.' 'Flattering' can also be used in phrases like 'flattering oneself,' meaning to believe something positive about oneself without justification, or 'flattering to deceive,' meaning seeming good but being disappointing or dishonest.

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