un·flat·ter·ing | \ ˌən-ˈfla-tə-riŋ \

Definition of unflattering 

: not flattering an unflattering portrait especially : unfavorable unflattering remarks

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

Examples of unflattering in a Sentence

She was wearing the most unflattering outfit.

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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 The case points an unflattering light on the intersection between private commercial interests and the grassroots basketball world, where high school-age kids compete for the eye of college coaches and coveted scholarships. Jeff Manning, OregonLive.com, "Adidas' Jim Gatto faces more charges in college basketball scandal," 10 Apr. 2018 Well any company that’s considered a social network is compared to Facebook, which is usually an unflattering comparison. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Cannes Lions, the ad industry’s biggest party, might finally be sobering up," 23 June 2018 This latest salvo comes after Khan allowed an unflattering balloon showing Trump in a diaper to be raised over central London. Dan Stewart, Time, "The 3 Big Takeaways from Donald Trump's Controversial Interview with The Sun," 13 July 2018 As part of the introductions, a commercial for each candidate played on the screen — and those for business executives David Stemerman and Bob Stefanowski both featured unflattering depictions of Malloy. Christopher Keating, courant.com, "Republicans Battle in Five-Way Debate At Mohegan Sun," 12 July 2018 Both have tight waistbands that, while not uncomfortable, made the flesh at my hips bunch into unflattering lines. Kassondra Cloos, Outside Online, "The Best Women’s Active Outdoor Underwear," 6 July 2018 When James joined the Miami Heat in 2010, Cavaliers fans burned jerseys, owner Dan Gilbert had some unflattering things to say and the Cleveland Plain Dealer noted that the team still hadn't won a championship. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "LeBron James' move to Lakers as told by newspapers in LA, Cleveland," 2 July 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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