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ingratiate - vocabulary

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verb

To win confidence or good graces for oneself, especially through deliberate effort.

“Yes, this is a monument he is setting up here,” said Anna, turning to Dolly with that sly smile of comprehension with which she had previously talked about the hospital.

“Oh, it’s a work of real importance!” said Sviazhsky. But to show he was not trying to ingratiate himself with Vronsky, he promptly added some slightly critical remarks.

—Leo Tolstoy Anna Karenin (1877)

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