Definition of unflattering in US English:



  • Not flattering.

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