puff·​ery | \ ˈpə-f(ə-)rē How to pronounce puffery (audio) \

Definition of puffery

: exaggerated commendation especially for promotional purposes : hype

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Examples of puffery in a Sentence

the newspaper's local stories are often thinly disguised puffery for area businesses
Recent Examples on the Web This attitude puts the pomp and puffery of premium economy into sharp relief. Mac Schwerin, The Atlantic, 29 May 2022 As for hog-tying Whitmer, that was puffery, the defense lawyer claimed. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, 5 Apr. 2022 Chutkow also touched on the defense's claims that this case was all about puffery, big talkers engaged in tough talk and blowing off steam. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, 6 Apr. 2022 People can smell fake gratitude and ego puffery a mile away. Amy Blaschka, Forbes, 7 May 2022 The defense has argued that the defendants were merely blowing off steam, and that they were engaged in puffery and tough talk, with no real plan to harm anyone. Arpan Lobo, Detroit Free Press, 30 Mar. 2022 The defense says this was all puffery, wanna-be military guys who talked a big game and tried to impress one another. Arpan Lobo, Detroit Free Press, 10 Mar. 2022 Along the way, his puffery often came with unfortunate consequences for average people who could not distinguish truth from hyperbole. New York Times, 16 Feb. 2022 Successful work cultures must have a vital ethical component, one that differentiates between the puffery of marketing language or missing non-essential deadlines (launching a new product or website, for example) to outright faking results. Jason Korman, Forbes, 21 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of puffery

1731, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of puffery was in 1731

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18 Jul 2022

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“Puffery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puffery. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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