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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Other Words from unflattering

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.

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Charging documents paint an unflattering picture of financial mismanagement across the city. Anthony Izaguirre, The Seattle Times, "W.Va. mayor, police chief charged with embezzlement," 29 Mar. 2019 Or, with my shape, can just look unflattering: boxy and big. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "The Item I Wear to Death: My ASOS Oversized Leather Jacket," 6 Mar. 2019 But with the unflattering headlines piling up, some of Pruitt's most steadfast supporters are expressing doubts about whether the hard-charging crusader for deregulation and fossil-fuel interests is still the right man for the job. Evan Halper, latimes.com, "On Capitol Hill, EPA chief takes little responsibility for his troubles," 26 Apr. 2018 And while Charles Kushner insists his bankers are loyal, investors are eager and deals are plentiful, some business associates say the drumbeat of unflattering headlines is putting tremendous pressure on the family business. Sharon Lafraniere, BostonGlobe.com, "For Kushners, redemption in the White House was mirage," 1 Apr. 2018 President Trump on Wednesday ousted Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin after turmoil in the agency’s senior ranks generated weeks of unflattering headlines, nominating his personal physician, Rear Adm. Ronny L. Jackson as his replacement. Washington Post, "Trump ousts Veterans Affairs chief Shulkin, nominates personal physician to replace him," 28 Mar. 2018 That was one of the most unflattering looks I’ve ever been forced to wear. Bridget Read, Vogue, "How Dan Levy Made the Funniest Show on TV," 16 Jan. 2019 While some of the numbers are unflattering (.259 on-base percentage, 0.1 WAR), the 24-year-old has tapped into his power potential, slugging 13 home runs in 239 at-bats. Dennis Lin, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Best, worst and most surprising from Padres' first half," 12 July 2017 The scandal surrounding the bridge closures and resulting trial weighed on Mr. Christie’s eventual presidential bid and cast his administration in an unflattering light. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "‘Bridgegate’ Convictions Largely Upheld by Appeals Court," 27 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of unflattering

1581, in the meaning defined above

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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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