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Compliment vs Flattery vs Adulation

Compliment, flattery, adulation all denote praise addressed directly to a person.

A compliment is a courteous expression of commendation and may be either sincere or merely formal.

Flattery implies insincerity in compliment or a play upon self-love or vanity by means of artful or obsequious praise.

Adulation adds to flattery the implications of servility or fulsomeness.