un·​flat·​ter·​ing | \ˌən-ˈfla-tə-riŋ \

Definition of unflattering 

: not flattering an unflattering portrait especially : unfavorable unflattering remarks

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Other Words from unflattering

unflatteringly \ ˌən-​ˈfla-​tə-​riŋ-​lē \ adverb

Examples of unflattering in a Sentence

She was wearing the most unflattering outfit.

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The iPhone’s Portrait Mode corrects distortions that would otherwise look unflattering. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "How to Take Better Phone Photos," 25 Sep. 2018 When these companies don’t collaborate with disabled people, the clothes often look frumpy and unflattering, purely functional with no consideration for fashion. Edward Lampley, Teen Vogue, "What It's Like to Be a Disabled Model in the Fashion Industry," 5 Sep. 2018 The senior Trump staffer under the cloak of anonymity spends a wildly unflattering tale of a president supposedly unhinged from reality making impulsive decisions that supposedly blindside and frustrate top officials and perpetual damage control. Fox News, "Kellyanne Conway reacts to anonymous 'resistance' NYT op-ed," 5 Sep. 2018 So far, the results haven’t been there for Miller, who allowed five earned runs in his season debut last week in Miami, six more on Saturday night, and now sports a 0-2 record and an unflattering 11.42 ERA. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Shelby Miller gets roughed up by Giants in second start, says he expects more from himself," 30 June 2018 The media can take very unflattering photographs of people on their casual days and blow it way out of proportion. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Meghan Markle's father caught up in photo flap; will he stay home from royal wedding?," 14 May 2018 The parents of two — daughters James, 3, and Inez, 19 months — constantly tease each other on social media, cropping the other out of pictures, posting unflattering paparazzi shots and penning some very sarcastic captions. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Ryan Reynolds Says Blake Lively Drove Him to the Hospital While She Was 'Giving Birth'," 27 May 2018 Some women wear the most shocking, unflattering clothing. Ellen Warren, chicagotribune.com, "Is a 3-day beard a deal breaker — or just scruffy enough?," 2 July 2018 Critics agree, often portraying the pair in the same unflattering light, particularly on immigration issues. Laura King, latimes.com, "The European country that makes the U.S. look lenient on immigration," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of unflattering

1581, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unflattering was in 1581

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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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