un·​flat·​ter·​ing | \ ˌən-ˈfla-tə-riŋ How to pronounce unflattering (audio) \

Definition of unflattering

: not flattering an unflattering portrait especially : unfavorable unflattering remarks

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unflatteringly \ ˌən-​ˈfla-​tə-​riŋ-​lē How to pronounce unflatteringly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unflattering in a Sentence

She was wearing the most unflattering outfit.
Recent Examples on the Web The pair of Democrats faced waves of unflattering media coverage in the 1990s and early 2000s after coming into the sights of federal prosecutors. David Mark, Washington Examiner, "Biden touts support from two former attorneys general convicted of federal crimes," 4 Sep. 2020 Nordstrom was all about accentuating the bottom line Tuesday, after some unflattering top-line results. Jinjoo Lee, WSJ, "Nordstrom’s Already Bad Year Gets Worse," 26 Aug. 2020 Coming in chunky and unflattering styles, these kinds of shoes also usually cost upwards of $100, so investing in them can be less than fun. Summer Cartwright, PEOPLE.com, "Amazon Shoppers Have Dubbed These Under-$40 Sneakers ‘The Best Walking Shoes Ever’," 14 Aug. 2020 Even after that unflattering attention, pastors at other San Francisco churches continued to hold indoor prayer sessions despite mandates requiring only small outdoor religious services. Matthias Gafni, SFChronicle.com, "SF officials reprimand Catholic officials — yet again — for violating coronavirus health orders," 15 Aug. 2020 Several walls had also been spray-painted and included unflattering statements about apartment management. cleveland, "Unknown person expresses discontent by flooding Loganberry apartment: Richmond Heights Police Blotter," 13 Aug. 2020 Fox News' egregious cropping of Trump from the photo drew criticism and prompted unflattering media coverage for the conservative cable network. Oliver Darcy, CNN, "Fox News says it 'mistakenly' cropped Trump out of photo featuring Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell," 6 July 2020 The unflattering saga of Occidental Petroleum’s outsize, overleveraged acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum last year is probably one that Chief Executive Officer Vicki Hollub would rather forget. Jinjoo Lee, WSJ, "Occidental: Anadarko Casts a Long Shadow," 11 Aug. 2020 Sixteen other employees or former employees who had worked with Valdez also portrayed her in an unflattering light in interviews with a district detective. Scott Travis, sun-sentinel.com, "School administrator retires after alleged racist and inflammatory remarks," 7 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of unflattering

1581, in the meaning defined above

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9 Sep 2020

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“Unflattering.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unflattering. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unflattering

: making someone or something look or seem worse or less attractive : not flattering

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