unflattering


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un·flat·ter·ing

 (ŭn-flăt′ər-ĭng)
adj.
Acknowledging few or no good aspects; unfavorable: an unflattering review.

un·flat′ter·ing·ly adv.
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unflattering

(ʌnˈflætərɪŋ)
adj
not flattering: in an unflattering light.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.unflattering - showing or representing unfavorably; "an unflattering portrait"; "an uncomplimentary dress"
flattering - showing or representing to advantage; "a flattering color"
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unflattering

adjective
1. blunt, critical, honest, candid, warts and all, uncomplimentary He depicted the town's families in an unflattering light.
2. unattractive, plain, unbecoming, unprepossessing The knee-length dresses were unflattering and ugly.
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Translations

unflattering

[ˈʌnˈflætərɪŋ] ADJ [person] → poco lisonjero; [description] → poco halagüeño; [clothes, haircut] → poco favorecedor
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

unflattering

[ʌnˈflætərɪŋ] adj
[dress, hairstyle] → qui n'avantage pas
[remark] → peu flatteur/euse
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

unflattering

adj portrait, commentswenig schmeichelhaft; dress, hairstyle, light alsounvorteilhaft; to portray somebody/something in an unflattering lightjdn/etw in einem wenig schmeichelhaften Licht erscheinen lassen
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

unflattering

[ʌnˈflætrɪŋ] adj (dress, hairstyle) → che non dona; (portrait, light) → poco lusinghiero/a
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References in classic literature ?
Doran has a hundred curious things to note:--that Richard the Third, for instance, who has retained a so unflattering possession of the stage, was its "first practically useful patron." We see Queen Elizabeth full of misgiving at a difficult time at the popularity of Richard the Second:--"The deposition and death of King Richard the [82] Second." "Tongues whisper to the Queen that this play is part of a great plot to teach her subjects how to murder kings." It is perhaps not generally known that Charles Shakespeare, William's brother, survived till the Restoration.
Not Coleridge first threw that spell; but God's great, unflattering laureate, Nature.
Vincy, and had ended by seeing a very unsatisfactory reflection of himself in the coarse unflattering mirror which that manufacturer's mind presented to the subtler lights and shadows of his fellow-men; and perhaps his experience ought to have warned him how the scene would end.
Danny ran another careless and unflattering glance over Rivera and sighed.
Babcock had related this incident to Newman, and our hero had applied an epithet of an unflattering sort to the young girl.
Quickly, Charles plunged into business, and Tarwater heard with great distinctness every word of Charles' unflattering description of him and the proposition to give him passage to Dawson.
But the second declared mutinously that he didn't care a rap who was on the other side of the bridge, and Jukes, passing in a flash from lofty disapproval into a state of exaltation, invited him in unflattering terms to come up and twist the beastly things to please himself, and catch such wind as a donkey of his sort could find.
It seems that Monsieur Rabourdin has written and sent in very unflattering descriptions of the clerks whom he wants to 'reform.' That's the real reason why his secret friends wish him appointed.
Unflattering photos from last Christmas inspired a Law woman to lose over four stones.
President Trump has long been critical of the American press, claiming much of its news was fake when this merely was unflattering to him or his actions and policies.
'It's unfortunate that one unflattering photo of my stomach circulating the internet causes hundreds of people to think that I'm pregnant,' said Reinhart in one text post.
Speculation was sparked on social media after an unflattering photo circulated.