Servile flattery praise excessively or beyond what's merited
- servile flattery; exaggerated and hypocritical praise
- Servile flattery; praise excessively, or beyond what is merited.
late 14c., "insincere compliments," from Old French adulacion, from Latin adulationem (nominative adulatio) "a fawning; flattery, cringing courtesy," noun of action from past participle stem of aduliari "to flatter," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + ulos "tail," from PIE *ul- "the tail" (cognates: Sanskrit valah "tail," Lithuanian valai "horsehair of the tail"). The initial idea is "to wag the tail" like a fawning puppy (compare Greek sainein "to wag the tail," additionally "to flatter;" see in addition wheedle).
(letter.) Servile flattery; compliments in excess, or beyond what's merited.
Encouraged by safety and adulation in England; grasping at the Tudor ideal of kingship, determined to reduce to order the kirk from which XXIV.