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[in-grey-shee-eyt] /ɪnˈgreɪ ʃiˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), ingratiated, ingratiating.
to establish (oneself) in the favor or good graces of others, especially by deliberate effort (usually followed by with):
He ingratiated himself with all the guests.
1615-25; perhaps < Latin in grātiam into favor, after Italian ingraziare. See in, grace, -ate1
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ingratiation, noun
[in-grey-shee-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪnˈgreɪ ʃi əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples for ingratiation
  • Comment on the way children are being used these days by their elders for purposes of political ingratiation.
  • Most of these roles fall under the category of someone with authority, which leads us to ingratiation.
  • ingratiation and access, in any event, are not corruption.
  • ingratiation with the target's co-workers or family members.
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
1622, from It. ingraziare "to bring (oneself) into favor," from L. in gratiam "for the favor of," from in- "in" + gratia "favor, grace."
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