in·​grate | \ ˈin-ˌgrāt How to pronounce ingrate (audio) \

Definition of ingrate

: an ungrateful person

Examples of ingrate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web No more high-revving VTEC four-cylinder and slick manual transmission for you ingrates, because—wait, hold on a moment. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "Acura Is Killing the RLX," 15 May 2020 For years after 9/11, Republicans defended the intelligence community against civil libertarians and intervention-skeptical Democrats, attacking critics of the FBI and CIA as unpatriotic ingrates. Jack Crowe, National Review, "In Long-Shot California Congressional Bid, George Papadopoulos Sells Himself as a Candidate for Our Age of Distrust," 20 Jan. 2020 One of the most intriguing threads in the book concerns the woman’s ingrate of a daughter, to whom the Cheffe nonetheless kowtows, sending love in her child’s direction even when that child undermines her in every way. Bethanne Patrick, Washington Post, "In Marie NDiaye’s ‘The Cheffe,’ a genius in the kitchen tries to make it in a man’s world," 18 Nov. 2019 Now hopefully some of you ingrates are going to make up for ruining my life by launching a GoFundMe page to pay my legal bills. Rex Huppke,, "Column: Humboldt Park Lagoon gator delivers a final letter: ‘Dear jerks ...’," 15 July 2019 This form of rebellion journalism makes Martin seem an accusatory ingrate rather than an artist with a personal vision whose endeavors are worthy of respect. Armond White, National Review, "The New York Times’ Black-Film Roundtable Ignores Black American Excellence," 10 July 2019 On Chinese social media, a heady narrative, fuelled by nationalism, has emerged of the Communist Party as a magnanimous matriarch beset by circumstances to give up her child and Hong Kong as its pampered ingrate. Jiayang Fan, The New Yorker, "Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Backs Down, but the Protests Continue," 17 June 2019 The league rolls on despite half of the country thinking its players are unpatriotic ingrates, and despite a Commissioner Who Couldn't Shoot Straight seeming hapless and helpless to make anything better. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "Hell Week: Why Roger Goodell's new NFL anthem-protest policy is blowing up in his face | Miami Herald," 25 May 2018 The president seems to divide aides into two groups: those loyal to their masters, and ingrates. The Economist, "The party of law and order battles the G-Men," 1 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of ingrate

1622, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ingrate

Latin ingratus ungrateful, from in- + gratus grateful — more at grace

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The first known use of ingrate was in 1622

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“Ingrate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ingrate

formal : a person who does not show proper appreciation or thanks for something : an ungrateful person

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