Definitions

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

  • adj. Pleasing; agreeable: "Reading requires an effort.... Print is not as ingratiating as television” ( Robert MacNeil).
  • adj. Calculated to please or win favor: an unctuous, ingratiating manner.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Which ingratiates; which attempts to bring oneself into the favour of another. The implication is often of flattery or insincerity.
  • v. Present participle of ingratiate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. capable of winning favor.
  • adj. calculated to please or gain favor.

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

  • adj. calculated to please or gain favor
  • adj. capable of winning favor

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Examples

  • My fellow citizens is an apostrophe, a formal address to an audience, whose distance has been shortened by the insertion of the ad hominem term fellow—that is, an ingratiating suggestion to his audience that they start out on his side.

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  • It was this that had suggested to him the idea of ingratiating himself with the men who were in power, and thus gain their friendship, their influences and protection.

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  • From what I have heard and saw today on the magazine, many people were turned off by the "loser's" ingratiating "Who Me" attitude every week.

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  • You know, it wasn't probably the best line in kind of ingratiating yourself with New Hampshire voters.

    CNN Transcript Sep 6, 2007

  • RUSH: Yes, I think it stunned a lot of people, although the members of this group, which migrated to Israel at the end of the '60s led by a Chicago bus driver, they had been kind of ingratiating themselves with Whitney and Bobby for some time and one of them spoke at the recent funeral of her father.

    CNN Transcript May 30, 2003

  • Beautiful to the world is its prosperity, which is like a kind of ingratiating sweetness, false and seductive.

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  • Beside her sat a yellow and wrinkled woman of forty-five, with a low neck, in a black headdress, with a toothless smile on her intently-preoccupied and empty face, and in the inner recesses of the box was visible an elderly man in a wide frock-coat and high cravat, with an expression of dull dignity and a kind of ingratiating distrustfulness in his little eyes, with dyed moustache and whiskers, a large meaningless forehead and wrinkled cheeks, by every sign a retired general.

    Chapter XII

  • a black headdress, with a toothless smile on her intently-preoccupied and empty face, and in the inner recesses of the box was visible an elderly man in a wide frock-coat and high cravat, with an expression of dull dignity and a kind of ingratiating distrustfulness in his little eyes, with dyed moustache and whiskers, a large meaningless forehead and wrinkled cheeks, by every sign a retired general.

    A House of Gentlefolk

  • She's annoying, and I hope she's decided to spend more time with her family and less time ingratiating herself onto American society.

    Palin attorney warns media over 'defamatory' charges

  • Usoltsev portrays him as an ambivalent ironist—modern in outlook, aware of the corrosion within the Soviet system, a little pedantically legalistic, even, at times, democratic in outlook, but careful to hide any incorrect attitudes in public and skilled at ingratiating himself with his superiors.

    The Return

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