ingratiating

[ in-grey-shee-ey-ting ]

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Part of Speech

adjective

Origin + Etymology

Early 17th century; Italian

from Latin in gratiam ‘into favor’, on the pattern of obsolete Italian ingratiare, earlier form of ingraziare

Synonyms

  • charming
  • disarming
  • smarmy
  • flattering
  • serving
  • toadying

Antonyms

  • deterring
  • disgusting
  • repellent

Definition

charming; agreeable; pleasing; deliberately meant to gain favor

Example

She acted in such an ingratiating manner to all of her superiors.

Usage Over Time

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