ingratiation


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in·gra·ti·ate

 (ĭn-grā′shē-āt′)
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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