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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:
Adj.1.ingratiatory - pleasingly persuasive or intended to persuade; "a coaxing and obsequious voice"; "her manner is quiet and ingratiatory and a little too agreeable"
persuasive - intended or having the power to induce action or belief; "persuasive eloquence"; "a most persuasive speaker"; "a persuasive argument"
2.ingratiatory - calculated to please or gain favor; "a smooth ingratiating manner"
flattering - showing or representing to advantage; "a flattering color"


Purposefully contrived to gain favor:
References in classic literature ?
Lord Decimus, though one of the greatest of the earth, was not remarkable for ingratiatory manners, and Ferdinand had coached him up to the point of noticing all the fellows he might find there, and saying he was glad to see them.
Jones and Pittman (1982) argue that individuals usually engage in ingratiatory behaviors to be seen as helpful, kind, and considerate.
Negative mentoring can lead to a protege cloning himself in the image of the mentor (Ragins & Scandura, 1997), or can lead to ingratiatory behavior (Scandura, 1998), to physical withdrawal in terms of absenteeism or turnover, loss of valuable career time and a sense of betrayal (Feldman, 1999) or can lead to decreased job satisfaction and increase in stress (Scandura, 1998; Eby & Allen, 2002).
Whether or not an individual interprets a co-worker's ingratiatory behavior in a positive, negative, or neutral manner will be partially determined by whether such behavior inhibits equitable procedures and outcomes.
The Influence of Individual Differences on Reactions to Coworkers' Ingratiatory Behaviors.
This article focuses on subordinate kissing up or ingratiatory behaviors.
In some respects, the desktop manager is a practical outgrowth of its cousins, the ingratiatory or impression manager and the charlatan.
The Influence of Individual Differences on Reactions to Co-workers' Ingratiatory Behaviors.