Etymology
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unflattering (adj.)

1580s, from un- (1) "not" + gerundive of flatter. Related: Unflatteringly.

updated on September 27, 2012

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Definitions of unflattering from WordNet

unflattering (adj.)
showing or representing unfavorably;
an unflattering portrait
Synonyms: uncomplimentary
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