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 unflattering (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unflattering in a Sentence

She was wearing the most unflattering outfit.
Recent Examples on the Web In the mid-19th century, Cincinnati was the world leader in pork packing, earning the unflattering nickname of Porkopolis. Jeff Suess, The Enquirer, 5 Sep. 2021 It’s half nostalgia, half a defiant reclamation of the unflattering tropes. Vincent Desmond, Vogue, 1 Sep. 2021 Rita is talking about Punkin’, Bear’s dad, and Elora is talking about Bear, so this moment again seems to bring them into an unflattering comparison. Kali Simmons, Vulture, 23 Aug. 2021 Walmsley must decide whether the trial jury should be allowed to hear unflattering evidence of Arbery’s prior run-ins with law enforcement as well as racist text messages and social media posts made or shared by the men who chased and killed him. Russ Bynum, chicagotribune.com, 11 May 2021 In the past, a typical story may have been a Perez Hilton–style image of someone picking their nose while walking down the street or an unflattering shot of someone mid-bite of a sandwich (hideous and career ending, of course). Sam Taggart, Vulture, 19 Aug. 2021 Mandy Bujold’s plight has shined an even more unflattering light on the I.O.C.’s qualifying process. New York Times, 9 Aug. 2021 North Korean operatives released a trove of damaging emails from Sony as the entertainment company planned to release a comedy with an unflattering portrayal of the country's leader. Steve Andriole, Forbes, 6 July 2021 The Suffolk University/USA TODAY poll, on the surface, records unflattering perceptions of police, with just 9% of residents rating the police as excellent, 26% as good, 45% as fair and 16% as poor. Dave Paleologos, USA TODAY, 16 June 2021

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First Known Use of unflattering

1581, in the meaning defined above

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“Unflattering.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unflattering. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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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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