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ingratiate

[in-grey-shee-eyt] /ɪnˈgreɪ ʃiˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), ingratiated, ingratiating.
1.
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.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; perhaps < Latin in grātiam into favor, after Italian ingraziare. See in, grace, -ate1
Related forms
ingratiation, noun
ingratiatory
[in-grey-shee-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪnˈgreɪ ʃi əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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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

ingratiate

/ɪnˈɡreɪʃɪˌeɪt/
verb
1.
(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
ingratiate
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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