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Ingratiating

Pronunciation: [ in-grey-shee-ey-ting ]


Origin: Early 17th century; Italian

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


Definition:

1. (adjective) charming; agreeable; pleasing; deliberately meant to gain favor

Synonym(s): charming, disarming, smarmy, flattering, serving, toadying

Antonym(s): deterring, disgusting, repellent

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

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