Simple Definition of gratitude
: a feeling of appreciation or thanks
Examples of gratitude in a sentence
Let me express my sincere gratitude for all your help.
We remember with gratitude those who died defending our country.
Origin and Etymology of gratitude
Middle English, from Anglo-French or Medieval Latin; Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin gratitudo, from Latin gratus grateful
First Known Use: 1523
GRATITUDE Defined for Kids
Definition of gratitude for Students
: a feeling of appreciation
Word Root of gratitude
The Latin word gratus, meaning “pleasing” or “thankful,” gives us the root grat. Words from the Latin gratus have something to do with being pleasing or being thankful. To ingratiate yourself is to make others feel thankful for something you've done. To feel grateful is to feel thankful for something. Gratitude is a feeling of thankfulness. To congratulate is to express how pleasing someone's success is.
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