in·​gra·​ti·​at·​ing | \ in-ˈgrā-shē-ˌā-tiŋ How to pronounce ingratiating (audio) \

Definition of ingratiating

1 : intended or adopted in order to gain favor : flattering
2 : capable of winning favor : pleasing an ingratiating smile

Other Words from ingratiating

ingratiatingly \ in-​ˈgrā-​shē-​ˌā-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce ingratiating (audio) \ adverb

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Examples of ingratiating in a Sentence

one of the orphans had a most ingratiating smile
Recent Examples on the Web Smith’s tone was self-conscious and ingratiating—at times, obsequious. Sam Adler-bell, The New Republic, 7 Mar. 2022 So Nachminovitch and her workers are unfailingly polite and ingratiating, even when confronting the obstinate, the ignorant, the hostile, the unapologetically inhumane. Gene Weingarten, Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2021 As a lord, this Othello is a little vulgar — too ingratiating, a boaster, an arrogant man. Armond White, National Review, 20 Oct. 2021 While Virginia Madsen plays the lead, an ingratiating, ambitious graduate student Helen Lyle, it’s Tony Todd as the titular villain that proves to be a crucial reason for why the film endures. Angelica Jade Bastién, Vulture, 25 Aug. 2021 Lucy is as isolated and afraid as Rosemary Woodhouse, alone in New York City, surrounded only by men and hostile, ingratiating and untrustworthy women. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 23 June 2021 Sherwood-Randall was similarly personable and ingratiating, and ferociously ambitious. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 18 Jan. 2021 The scenes of Matt’s education are diverting and overly ingratiating, characterized by snappy edits and broadly deployed comedy. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 4 Mar. 2020 The production has the feel of a pop concert, with the ingratiating performers dancing up the aisles and exhorting the audience to respond. Brian Seibert, New York Times, 2 Feb. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of ingratiating

1655, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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8 May 2022

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in·​gra·​ti·​at·​ing | \ in-ˈgrā-shē-ˌā-tiŋ \

Kids Definition of ingratiating

1 : pleasing an ingratiating smile
2 : intended to gain someone's favor ingratiating behavior

Other Words from ingratiating

ingratiatingly adverb

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