Definition of unflattering in English:

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Pronunciation: /ʌnˈflat(ə)rɪŋ/


Not flattering: the reviews of the book were very unflattering an unflattering portrait
More example sentences
  • The historical records that paint such an unflattering portrait of the town have just been released on the internet.
  • My fears of an unflattering portrait with a Pinocchio nose begin to recede.
  • I think there is a lot of truth in that statement even if it does paint an unflattering portrait.
unfavourable, uncomplimentary, harsh, unsympathetic, critical, attacking, hostile, disapproving, scathing, biting;
blunt, candid, honest, stark, realistic, straightforward, outspoken, straight from the shoulder
informal warts and all
unattractive, unbecoming, unsightly, ugly, ugly-looking, plain, hideous;



Pronunciation: /ʌnˈflat(ə)rɪŋli/
Example sentences
  • He was appointed in 2002 to pull Grendon into the mainstream of the prison system, and speaks unflatteringly of what he found when he arrived.
  • She had commented unflatteringly on his previous girlfriend.
  • The slightest miscue was liable to be unflatteringly magnified.

Words that rhyme with unflattering


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Line breaks: un|flat¦ter|ing

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