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.

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An unflattering report from the Food & Drug Administration on a rodent infestation at the factory didn’t help matters. Jon Chesto, BostonGlobe.com, "Necco dispute clears hurdle in bankruptcy court," 24 July 2019 Williams told CBS News Campaign Reporter Cara Korte that the unflattering report misrepresented the negotiations. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Voters say they may skip Mueller's testimony to Congress," 23 July 2019 Instead of inviting unflattering comparisons to men, suffragists now strove to look as feminine—and, thus, as harmless—as possible. Kimberly Chrisman-campbell, The Atlantic, "When American Suffragists Tried to ‘Wear the Pants’," 12 June 2019 Brexit was her constant shadow, casting her in an unflattering light and dwarfing her abilities to tame its effect. Nic Robertson, CNN, "The week that finally laid bare the Brexit myths," 9 June 2019 That has helped make the company the subject of numerous, unflattering reports about the conditions faced by many of its workers. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Why Amazon Needed to Pay Up," 2 Oct. 2018 For San Diego companies, the ratio is unflattering to companies with significant numbers of part-time or overseas workers. San Diego Union-Tribune, "How much did San Diego’s top CEOS make last year? (Hint, their average pay went up 42%)," 14 July 2019 There were also unflattering photos sold of her, and a lot of paparazzi attention. Marie Claire, "What Was Mischa Barton Doing Before 'The Hills: New Beginnings?"," 22 June 2019 Frat Boy Genius: Based on a buzzy feature screenplay, this series will tell the tale of Snapchat’s rise through a Social Network-esque, reportedly deeply unflattering portrait of founder Evan Spiegel. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, "All the projects coming to Quibi, Jeffrey Katzenberg's bite-size streaming service," 13 June 2019

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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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not constant or steady

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