Appeal to flattery
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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.
- "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)
Appeal to flattery is a specific kind of appeal to emotion.
- "Fallacy: Appeal to Flattery". The Nizkor Project. Retrieved 2010-12-10.