Definition of unflattering in US English:



  • Not flattering.

    ‘the reviews of the book were very unflattering’
    ‘an unflattering portrait’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Go back further, to the heavy-hitters of the western canon, and plenty of unflattering portraits exist as well.’
    • ‘Without it, Gucci looked heavy, unflattering and - deadliest blow of all to high fashion - bourgeois.’
    • ‘Exclamation marks suggest a certain unflattering ingratiation, especially in letters written to strangers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What do these unflattering portraits tell us about the current status of designers?’
    • ‘The Greenyards side continued to push for points, and brightened an otherwise unflattering picture with two late, great scores.’
    • ‘My fears of an unflattering portrait with a Pinocchio nose begin to recede.’
    • ‘How can you criticise someone in such unflattering terms, and then suggest that he has what it takes to lead their party?’
    • ‘My only gripe is that it becomes a decidedly unflattering portrait of a man who will always be known as a funny genius.’
    • ‘A suitably unflattering headshot of the party's candidate is a must for me, and the Greens have not disappointed.’
    • ‘Humans are discussed as arrogant and blundering, an unflattering contrast to the innocent and compassionate chimps or gorillas.’
    • ‘Despite his quiet, diffident manner, the Humberside police chief is becoming used to an unflattering limelight.’
    • ‘I think there is a lot of truth in that statement even if it does paint an unflattering portrait.’
    • ‘An unflattering painting of the Queen Mother has surfaced after being quietly kept from public view for more than 25 years.’
    • ‘What do we imagine they are like, these disagreeable reflections, these unflattering mirrors that our thoughts provide?’
    • ‘Its unflattering portrait was viewed as uncharitable, an instance of speaking ill of the dead.’
    • ‘The hairstyles she wore were being shown in different media after I met her and the songs and movies they showed were very unflattering.’
    • ‘The historical records that paint such an unflattering portrait of the town have just been released on the internet.’
    unfavourable, uncomplimentary, harsh, unsympathetic, critical, attacking, hostile, disapproving, scathing, biting
    unattractive, unbecoming, unsightly, ugly, ugly-looking, plain, hideous
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