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Definition gain favor with somebody by deliberate efforts
  • She tried to ingratiate herself with her superiors.
  • said Pug with an ingratiating smile.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Voyage of the Dawn Trader
  • ingratiating = intended to gain favor with somebody
  • On the surface, he was one of those pale, ingratiating kind of men who tiptoed through life on small, quick feet.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • ingratiating = gaining favor with others by deliberate efforts
  • Indeed, it was remarkable how well he bore these slights and with what unwearying politeness he kept on trying to ingratiate himself with all.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • The article was an ingratiating portrait of the magazine and its staff, including illustrations with a particularly favourable portrait of Berger.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • 'I hope your mother feels better,' he said, in a tone that proved that even someone who looked like Mussolini could be ingratiating.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • ROS (hurt, desperately ingratiating) : I-I bet you all the money I've got the year of my birth doubled is an odd number.
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • The leader assumed an ingratiating smile.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • To promote this effort I decided to make an all-out effort to ingratiate myself with Mimi.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • "Unlike some people," she sniffed, "I don't ingratiate myself with every monarch I meet."
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • I narrowed my eyes at Total, who pulled his lips back over his teeth in an embarrassed, ingratiating grin.
    James Patterson  --  School's Out - Forever
  • The encouragement of kitsch is merely another of the inexpensive ways in which totalitarian regimes seek to ingratiate themselves with their subjects.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • My best chance of living was to try and befriend Sarawa, try somehow to ingratiate myself with his friends.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • "John!" ventured a small ingratiating voice from the bathroom.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • "Very well," he said, letting all the ingratiating charm fall from his voice.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Otherwise, he might be tempted to sacrifice his duty to ingratiate himself with people whose favor was necessary to stay in office.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • He had made no attempt to ingratiate himself; he was what he was and he had done what he had done for the good of Mother China.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • He had opened a small shop on Glasnevin Road where, he flattered himself, his manners would ingratiate him with the housewives of the district.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • This, despite her easily hurt look, her ingratiating ways.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat's Eye
  • He walked with an upright carriage, both ingratiating and defiant—but one shoulder was higher than the other.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King

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