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

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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 Sherwood-Randall was similarly personable and ingratiating, and ferociously ambitious. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, "I Went to High School With Biden’s Homeland Security Team," 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, "‘The Banker’ Review: Wheeling and Dealing Toward Equality," 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, "‘Beyond Babel’ Review: A Fence Separates Star-Crossed Lovers," 2 Feb. 2020 Two years ago, Schwab drew criticism for what was viewed as an awkwardly ingratiating speech to welcome Trump to the forum. Washington Post, "In Davos, a search for meaning with capitalism in crisis," 20 Jan. 2020 While this isn’t the typical attitude for Twitch streamers, the idea was that there was something valid or potentially valuable about this less ingratiating approach. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "The backlash to streamer with a ‘god complex’ reveals a big Twitch taboo," 31 Oct. 2018 The event, co-sponsored with the Silent Film Festival and BAMPFA, was an opportunity to hear Sosin — a garrulous and ingratiating figure with thoughts on a thousand different subjects — explain and demonstrate the ins and outs of his craft. Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, "From behind the piano, an eclectic improviser sets the tone for silent movies," 7 June 2018 Very ingratiating and personal,’’ said Edward Bass, a movie producer who spent time with Greenberg in Moscow in that time., "Trump associate Roger Stone reveals new contact with Russian national during 2016 campaign," 17 June 2018 Fairey's script is far too pat and ingratiating to matter much. Tony Adler, Chicago Reader, "The members of Support Group for Men don’t get eviscerated, but what does happen isn’t much more edifying," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of ingratiating

1655, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Ingratiating.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ingratiating

often disapproving : intended to gain someone's favor or approval


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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