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tr.v. in·gra·ti·at·ed, in·gra·ti·at·ing, in·gra·ti·ates
To bring (oneself, for example) into the favor or good graces of another, especially by deliberate effort: She quickly sought to ingratiate herself with the new administration.

[Perhaps from Italian ingraziare, from in grazia, into favor, from Latin in grātiam : in, in; see in-2 + grātiam, accusative of grātia, favor (from grātus, pleasing; see gwerə- in Indo-European roots).]

in·gra′ti·a′tion n.
in·gra′ti·a·to′ry (-shē-ə-tôr′ē) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ingratiation - the act of gaining acceptance or affection for yourself by persuasive and subtle blandishments; "she refused to use insinuation in order to gain favor"
wheedling, blandishment - the act of urging by means of teasing or flattery
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First, subjects whom we wanted to just witness ingratiation attempts may have added their own impression management tactics to the situation because they knew their boss well enough to know if they would have been successful or not.
The findings, albeit preliminary, suggest that males and individuals with higher levels of self-efficacy will react more negatively to a co-worker's ingratiation directed at a supervisor.
Hasida Ben-Zur and Inbal Tamir, of the University of Haifa's Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences, examined five types of strategies used for coping with the stress factor of abusive treatment: directly communicating with the abusive supervisor to discuss the problems; using forms of ingratiation - i.
For the present study downward influence strategies (DIS) have been used which include: (1) Rationality, (2) Assertiveness, (3) Ingratiation, (4) Use of Sanction, (5) Showing Expertise, (6) Personalized Relationship, and (7) Exchange of Benefits.
Eastman (1994) argued that ingratiation (a form of impression management) is similar to OCB, but that supervisors will respond differently to employees depending on whether they label this behaviour as impression management or OCB.
Handel's extraordinary melodic ingratiation pervaded the four movements and the musicians were absolutely solid, sure-footed in trading, enfolding, developing his themes.
But apparently the pass-phrase ``my grandmother was Welsh'' is sufficient for ingratiation.
What angers me most at work is when a person who has obviously (to their peers) mastered the art of ingratiation.
But clearly at this rate of ingratiation there must be a good chance of at least being made a cardinal.
But the rest of the guests were a ghasty bunch and poor Mary's pathetic attempts at ingratiation ended in humiliation.
The research showed that when politically savvy professionals use the coping skill of ingratiation, they might neutralize ostracism and other mental misery that less cunning individuals have to cope with in the workplace.