Bring oneself into favor with someone by flattering or trying to please them: a social climber who had tried to ingratiate herself with the city gentry
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- You could even be advised by the presiding judge to try and sell your efforts to barristers-at-law in any future court appearances and ingratiate yourself with the judiciary.
- Obsequiousness tends to refer to a desire to ingratiate oneself, and to win benefits through flattery.
- But the carefully staged set-piece interview in the Times in which he came out had the feel of an ageing crooner desperate to ingratiate himself with the younger generation by bringing out a rap record.
early 17th century: from Latin in gratiam 'into favor', on the pattern of obsolete Italian ingratiare, earlier form of ingraziare.
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- You will be fêted and your ego stroked; ingratiation will be the first approach.
- Nor did she apologise for the desire to be admired: it didn't appear to be an act of approval-seeking ingratiation but rather one of aggressive confidence.
- Recycling is useful both as incantation and as ingratiation.