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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),
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Examples from the web for ingratiating
  • The cast is amiable, but the movie is routinely ingratiating.
  • ingratiating performances of these rarely heard, unaccompanied works.
  • If being ingratiating is a crime, she'd be shot at sunrise.
  • But within its acknowledged limitations of the modest, low-budget comedy, it is a wholly ingratiating item.
  • Her ingratiating personality, coupled with her dances and songs adds to the zest of this offering.
  • His acting ability is limited, but he has an ingratiating personality.
  • These patients, though often ingratiating and successful, tend to cultivate a protective shallowness in emotional relations.
  • These do not include instructing the jury on the law or ingratiating counsel or counsel's side with the jurors.
  • He had a striking and graceful presence, an ingratiating manner, and irresistibly charming speech.
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).

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