Definition of ingratiating in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈɡreɪʃɪeɪtɪŋ/


Intended to gain approval or favour; sycophantic: an ingratiating manner
More example sentences
  • I don't want to win the support of the Conservative group in the parliament in a wheedling, ingratiating or deal-making way, but because my colleagues acknowledge that I'm the best to lead that group.
  • Nor did he have an ingratiating, slimy, or arrogant manner.
  • He is outgoing, with the ingratiating manner of one destined for politics.
cloying, nauseating, sickening, greasy, oily, saccharine;
informal smarmy, slimy, creepy, sucky, bootlicking
North American informal brown-nosing



Example sentences
  • Jane, the heroine, devises a theory that is marketed to the viewer as revolutionary, when it is quite a stretch to describe it as more than ingratiatingly goofy.
  • Hugh is always ingratiatingly Hugh, but I imagine that Daniel disappears into each role and doesn't give a damn whether you like him or not.
  • Who would not prefer a youngster to an adult who smiles ingratiatingly at you and then promptly turns to another customer?
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