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[in-grey-shee-ey-ting] /ɪnˈgreɪ ʃiˌeɪ tɪŋ/
charming; agreeable; pleasing.
deliberately meant to gain favor:
an ingratiating manner.
Origin of ingratiating
1635-45; ingratiate + -ing2
Related forms
ingratiatingly, adverb
uningratiating, adjective


[in-grey-shee-eyt] /ɪnˈgreɪ ʃiˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), ingratiated, ingratiating.
to establish (oneself or someone else) in the favor or good graces of someone, especially by deliberate effort (usually followed by with): He ingratiated himself with all the guests.
She ingratiated her colleagues with her well-researched project proposal.
1615-25; perhaps < Latin in grātiam into favor, after Italian ingraziare. See in, grace, -ate1
Related forms
ingratiation, noun
[in-grey-shee-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪnˈgreɪ ʃi əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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  • He had a double chin and a smile which was apologetic but ingratiating.

    Thankful's Inheritance Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The young man smiled and it was much too cold to be ingratiating if that was its intent.

    Reel Life Films Samuel Kimball Merwin
  • He tried to twist his seamed 288 features into an ingratiating grin, but the effort was a failure, producing only a grimace.

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
  • But directly I appeared she began to speak in an ingratiating voice.

    The Arrow of Gold Joseph Conrad
  • She loved children, but Tibby was not an ingratiating child.

    Jill the Reckless P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
British Dictionary definitions for ingratiating


(transitive) often foll by with. to place (oneself) purposely in the favour (of another)
Derived Forms
ingratiating, ingratiatory, adjective
ingratiatingly, adverb
ingratiation, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin, from in-² + grātia grace, favour
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Word Origin and History for ingratiating



1620s, possibly via 16c. Italian ingraziarsi "to bring (oneself) into favor," from Latin in gratiam "for the favor of," from in "in" (see in- (2)) + gratia "favor, grace" (see grace).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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