A proverb is a short, common saying or phrase. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery is a proverb that means trying do what someone else does , own what someone else owns, or think like someone else thinks is a compliment to that person.
To imitate someone is to pay the person a genuine compliment — often an unintended compliment.
The English expression imitation is the sincerest form of flattery means that someone who copies someone admires that person and wants to be more like him or her.
“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness.”- Oscar Wilde .
It’s absolutely clear what Oscar Wilde meant (so many forget the second half of the quote) when he wrote “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness.”
1a : the act or practice of flattering She uses the art of flattery to her advantage. b(1) : something that flatters A compliment is flattery …— Harry Shaw. (2) : insincere or excessive praise He tried to win his teacher’s favor with flattery .
1 : an act or instance of imitating . 2 : something produced as a copy : counterfeit. 3 : a literary work designed to reproduce the style of another author. 4 : the repetition by one voice of a melody, phrase, or motive stated earlier in the composition by a different voice.
Flattery is sweet food to those who can swallow it. Heart-stopping envy is the sincerest form of flattery . A fool flatters himself, a wise man flatters the fool. The encomium of one incapable of flattery is indeed flattering .