from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Acknowledging few or no good aspects; unfavorable: gave the film an unflattering review.

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  • adj. Not flattering.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not flattering, in any sense.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. showing or representing unfavorably


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  • Make sure most of it comes in unflattering colours and atrocious prints you wouldn't have on the couch in your Aunt Ethel's rec room.

    Evil Designer Genius 101

  • Robespierre, who, when accused by Louvet of having instigated the violence, was defended (though in unflattering terms) by Barère.


  • Given a couple of threads at this site which described evangelicals in unflattering terms, I asked the question whether the posters weren't dem moles and whether they weren't doing a good job of suppressing a key constituent vote.

    Sound Politics: I think that about sums it up

  • You say liberals paint conservatives in unflattering colors?

    Think Progress » Samuel Alito’s America

  • Unsurprisingly, they declined to put their names on the record, but that’s utterly standard for people who are speaking in unflattering terms about people they worked with or for.

    Balloon Juice » 2009 » May

  • He’s drinking alone, and he’s so far gone that he doesn’t even care that he’s being photographed in unflattering lighting. vespabelle

    When you booze you lose « Awful Library Books

  • The film apparently "slams both prejudice and political correctness" and his character, Walt Kowalski, is described as unflattering and potentially controversial.

    So Clint Eastwood is a Racist (in Gran Torino) After All? «

  • And, yes, Zierlien acknowledges the irony that, after working for a station that coined an unflattering slogan for corporate radio stations, he's going to be working for one again. Chronicle

  • Obama needs to define McCain in terms unflattering and uncongenial to enough people to warrant McCain's rejection as our next President.


  • You'd think wearing unflattering trousers would be enough, but no: you also need to wear the right kind of unflattering trousers.

    The 10 rules of summer dressing

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