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Intended to gain approval or favour; sycophantic.‘an ingratiating manner’
sycophantic, toadying, fawning, crawling, creeping, unctuous, obsequious, servile, submissive, uriah heepishView synonyms
- ‘Nevertheless, the ingratiating neoclassical idiom to one side, all of the works on this CD have the characteristic busy-ness and polish of any of Carter's works, whatever the period.’
- ‘So, you know, sometimes these men are very ingratiating and very charming and very lovable, and nobody is all bad or all good.’
- ‘I was hopelessly early, the show was a benefit gig for the Teenage Cancer Trust and after a few minutes of conversation with an ingratiating steward it became painfully clear that she thought I was a patient.’
- ‘His own brief career as a sex offender followed the same quiet, obsequious, ingratiating style, and he inflicted no physical violence on the boys involved.’
- ‘He needs to communicate authority and intimacy, to mix seriousness with an ingratiating humor; he wants to be respected and liked.’
- ‘The officials say the most effective interrogation method involves a mix of psychological disorientation, physical deprivation, and ingratiating acts, all of which can take weeks or months.’
- ‘But they do: the man with the ingratiating smile and the fawning manner becomes an axe-wielding, torch-burning murderer.’
- ‘North Carolina's John Edwards boasts the Southern pedigree and ingratiating charm to match the president in the likeability sweepstakes.’
- ‘It is not surprising that such high-ranking courtiers ended up on the receiving end, rounding out their incomes with ingratiating tips and gifts.’
- ‘‘Don't struggle, my dear girl,’ came his ingratiating voice.’
- ‘I don't want to win the support of the Conservative group in the parliament in a wheedling, ingratiating or deal-making way, but because my colleagues acknowledge that I'm the best to lead that group.’
- ‘‘Sorry to hurt your feelings,’ he shot back with an ingratiating smirk.’
- ‘Instead, with an ingratiating directness, he allows the audience to share a hardworking, yet playful, day in the lives of a group of Cuban peasants.’
- ‘He gave an ingratiating smile, hoping to catch Peter's fancy.’
- ‘Nor did he have an ingratiating, slimy, or arrogant manner.’
- ‘And that's an enormously ingratiating quality in any leader.’
- ‘He was pleasant enough, forty-ish, with a soft voice, slightly ingratiating smile, an expression that suggested he expected life to hurt him.’
- ‘Barney turned toward me with an ingratiating grin.’
- ‘He is outgoing, with the ingratiating manner of one destined for politics.’
- ‘Bribes become a feature of everyday life for ordinary people, a means of ingratiating as much as an exchange at the margin.’
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