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FLATTERY

False praise. To flatter means to compliment someone insincerely. An untruth is spoken in words or actions, generally to a person but also about him or her, in order to derive some benefit or avoid some harm from the one praised. The term "flattery" may also refer to a person honored by recognition without necessarily implying that the praise was untrue.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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