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Appeal to flattery[1] (also apple polishing) is a fallacy in which a person uses flattery, excessive compliments, in an attempt to win support for their side. Appeals to flattery are sometimes described by pejorative phrases, such as "suck-up", "ass-kisser", or "brown-noser".

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. Moreover, it is usually a cunning form of appeal to consequences, since the audience is subject to be flattered as long as they comply with the flatterer.

Examples:

"Surely a man as smart as you can see this is a brilliant proposal." (failing to accept the proposal is a tacit admission of stupidity)
"I needed a beautiful woman to endorse my product, so naturally I thought of you." (failing to endorse the product a tacit rejection of being beautiful)

Appeal to flattery is a specific kind of appeal to emotion.

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