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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The new analysis offers a bit of positive news for proponents of the state’s realignment policy after a series of unflattering reports. Ben Christopher, The Mercury News, "Any spike in repeat crimes after California sped prisoner release? New research says no," 25 June 2019 That led to unflattering headlines in The New York Timesand elsewhere that ACE would cause as many as 1,400 additional premature deaths each year by 2030. Jean Chemnick, Scientific American, "How the Numbers on the EPA’s New Climate Rule Stack Up," 21 June 2019 According to a recent Politico report, Melania is something of a media watchdog for Trump, keeping tabs on unflattering reports about the president and sharing them with him. Kayleigh Roberts, Redbook, "5 Changes You Can Expect When Melania Trump Moves Into the White House," 30 May 2017 The homelessness problem in Oregon and other West Coast cities has again received some unflattering attention on national TV, once more on the Fox News Channel. oregonlive.com, "Portland and West Coast homeless problems again come under fire on Fox News Channel," 19 June 2019 Now, proprietor Bettina Bryant and her husband, winery founder Don Bryant Jr., are facing a lawsuit from a former employee who makes unflattering claims about the state of their finances. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: ‘Cult’ winery defends itself — and its value," 18 June 2019 Sometimes that means including details the celebrity might consider unflattering or too personal, but which the journalist deems vital to a truthful and meaningful story. Sonia Rao, Houston Chronicle, "Madonna’s furious response to her New York Times profile raises questions about what stars expect from journalists," 7 June 2019 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

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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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