- charming; agreeable; pleasing.
- deliberately meant to gain favor: an ingratiating manner.
Origin of 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
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Examples from the Web for ingratiating
They might have been the most ingratiating band in the world.Gwyneth Paltrow Haunts Coldplay’s Self-Conscious Breakup Album ‘Ghost Stories’
May 20, 2014
Though David was criticized for tossing softball or ingratiating questions, he, in fact, knew what he was doing.The Private David Frost
John M. Florescu
September 3, 2013
He could be petty and mean-spirited to subordinates, ingratiating and sycophantic to bosses and celebrities.The Only Sportscaster That Mattered: New Biography of Howard Cosell
November 20, 2011
Man gets divorced late in life and copes by ingratiating himself with unsuspecting Brooklynites.Bill Murray Crashes Karaoke and More Crazy Moments
The Daily Beast
January 7, 2011
It does not, of course, follow that an ingratiating interview request will be mean an ingratiating interview.July 19: 7 Best Moments From Sunday Talk
The Daily Beast Video
July 19, 2009
"We do not understand you," he said with an ingratiating smile.
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 had a double chin and a smile which was apologetic but ingratiating.Thankful's Inheritance
Joseph C. Lincoln
Besides, he had nothing of the ingratiating ways of the other men about him.The Twins of Suffering Creek
Therefore he drew him aside in a manner as portentous and ingratiating as he could make it.The Golden Woman
- (tr often foll by with) to place (oneself) purposely in the favour (of another)
C17: from Latin, from in- ² + grātia grace, favour
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Word Origin and History for ingratiating
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