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Appeal To Flattery

October 8th, 2009

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Appeal To Flattery

classification : informal – red herring – emotional appeal

Flattery and excessive compliments are presented in the place of evidence for accepting a claim generally for the purpose of ingratiating oneself with the subject. It is fallacious because flattery is not, in fact, evidence for a claim.


Flattery is often used to hide the true intent of an idea or proposal. Praise offers a momentary personal distraction that can often weaken judgment.


“That was a singularly brilliant idea. I have never seen such a clear and eloquent defense of Plato’s position. If you do not mind, I’ll base my paper on it. Provided that you allow me a little extra time past the deadline to work on it.”

Surely a man as smart as you can see this is a brilliant proposal.

Other Names

Apple Polishing
Appeal to emotion
Superficial charm
Appeal to consequences

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