Definition of unflattering in English:

unflattering

adjective

  • Not flattering.

    ‘the reviews of the book were very unflattering’
    ‘an unflattering portrait’
    • ‘The historical records that paint such an unflattering portrait of the town have just been released on the internet.’
    • ‘What do these unflattering portraits tell us about the current status of designers?’
    • ‘The hairstyles she wore were being shown in different media after I met her and the songs and movies they showed were very unflattering.’
    • ‘Its unflattering portrait was viewed as uncharitable, an instance of speaking ill of the dead.’
    • ‘Go back further, to the heavy-hitters of the western canon, and plenty of unflattering portraits exist as well.’
    • ‘I think there is a lot of truth in that statement even if it does paint an unflattering portrait.’
    • ‘The Greenyards side continued to push for points, and brightened an otherwise unflattering picture with two late, great scores.’
    • ‘The couple spent most of their wedding night with the magazine's picture editor making sure no unflattering images made it on to the printed page.’
    • ‘My only gripe is that it becomes a decidedly unflattering portrait of a man who will always be known as a funny genius.’
    • ‘Humans are discussed as arrogant and blundering, an unflattering contrast to the innocent and compassionate chimps or gorillas.’
    • ‘How can you criticise someone in such unflattering terms, and then suggest that he has what it takes to lead their party?’
    • ‘My fears of an unflattering portrait with a Pinocchio nose begin to recede.’
    • ‘An unflattering painting of the Queen Mother has surfaced after being quietly kept from public view for more than 25 years.’
    • ‘Without it, Gucci looked heavy, unflattering and - deadliest blow of all to high fashion - bourgeois.’
    • ‘Kramer and his allies are hell-bent on drawing an unflattering picture of the candidate and his crew.’
    • ‘Charlotte, the Yale graduate in her unflattering woollen tank-top is made to feel dowdy and dull by this jabbering Valley girl.’
    • ‘Exclamation marks suggest a certain unflattering ingratiation, especially in letters written to strangers.’
    • ‘What do we imagine they are like, these disagreeable reflections, these unflattering mirrors that our thoughts provide?’
    • ‘A suitably unflattering headshot of the party's candidate is a must for me, and the Greens have not disappointed.’
    • ‘Despite his quiet, diffident manner, the Humberside police chief is becoming used to an unflattering limelight.’
    unfavourable, uncomplimentary, harsh, unsympathetic, critical, attacking, hostile, disapproving, scathing, biting
    unattractive, unbecoming, unsightly, ugly, ugly-looking, plain, hideous
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Pronunciation

unflattering

/ʌnˈflat(ə)rɪŋ/