puffery

noun
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 Such was the backlash against its puffery that it was forced to scrap its flotation. The Economist, "WeSurvive WeWork begins a humbler second act," 31 Mar. 2021 Defense lawyers have maintained that their clients were not part of any real plot to harm anyone, and that they were merely engaged in puffery and tough talk. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "6 suspects in Whitmer kidnapping plot set to stand trial in March," 16 Jan. 2021 The men and women of this sprawling northern county—England's largest—are known for their self-deprecating humor, and love to stick a pin in any kind of puffery, especially their own. Joshua Levine, Travel + Leisure, "Enjoy Pub Life, Sculpture Parks, and Classic Estates on a Scenic Trip Through Yorkshire, England," 7 Mar. 2021 Defense lawyers have maintained that their clients were not part of any real plot to harm anyone, and that they were merely engaged in puffery and tough talk. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "6 suspects in Whitmer kidnapping plot set to stand trial in March," 16 Jan. 2021 Defense lawyers have maintained that their clients were not part of any real plot to harm anyone, and that they were merely engaged in puffery and tough talk. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "6 suspects in Whitmer kidnapping plot set to stand trial in March," 16 Jan. 2021 Defense lawyers have maintained that their clients were not part of any real plot to harm anyone, and that they were merely engaged in puffery and tough talk. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "6 suspects in Whitmer kidnapping plot set to stand trial in March," 16 Jan. 2021 Defense lawyers have argued that the defendants had no real plan to kidnap the governor, but were only blowing off steam, talking tough and engaging in puffery. Tresa Baldas, USA TODAY, "Michigan man admits role in plot to kidnap Gov. Whitmer and will 'fully cooperate,' feds say," 28 Jan. 2021 Defense lawyers have maintained that their clients were not part of any real plot to harm anyone, and that they were merely engaged in puffery and tough talk. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "6 suspects in Whitmer kidnapping plot set to stand trial in March," 16 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of puffery

1731, in the meaning defined above

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12 Apr 2021

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“Puffery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puffery. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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puffery

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

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