Find accurate definitions of over 5,000 Catholic terms and phrases (including abbreviations). Based on Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
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.