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 ingratiatingly (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 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 What’s left of his blond hair is set off by a bandanna, and his voice is laid-back but definite, with an ingratiating hint of a rasp. New York Times, "Review: ‘Filmworker’ Reveals Stanley Kubrick’s Perfectionism," 10 May 2018 The six pieces collected on this noble, vibrantly executed two-disc set are unabashed in their combination of robust, often rhapsodic string writing and an ingratiating harmonic language. Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, "CD review: Elena Ruehr, String Quartets," 21 Mar. 2018 Love for cross-country became an essential national trait, one that any ingratiating foreigner has to embrace. David Segal, The Seattle Times, "As medals pile up, Norway worries: Are we winning too much?," 24 Feb. 2018 Love for cross-country became an essential national trait, one that any ingratiating foreigner has to embrace. Author: David Segal, Anchorage Daily News, "As medals pile up, Norway worries: Are we winning too much?," 24 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of ingratiating

1655, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of ingratiating was in 1655

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“Ingratiating.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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

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ingratiatingly adverb

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