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[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.
Origin of ingratiate
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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  • A hansom cab offers peculiar facilities for the aforesaid process of ingratiation.

    The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne William J. Locke
  • He could not resist her beauty, her warmth, her ingratiation.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • “Then I shall have to call another time,” said the woman, with a mixture of ingratiation and despair.

    The Debtor Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • He had prepared himself to be ingratiating; but he realized that ingratiation was not a successful line to pursue with dragons.

    The Heather-Moon C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • The qualities of ingratiation and friendliness departed from M. Garfunkel's smile, leaving it wholly apologetic.

    Potash & Perlmutter Montague Glass
  • It was as if she were amused, not absent-minded nor yet a prey to the feminine immorality of ingratiation.

    Romance Island Zona Gale
British Dictionary definitions for ingratiation


(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 ingratiation



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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