in·​grat·​i·​tude | \ (ˌ)in-ˈgra-tə-ˌtüd How to pronounce ingratitude (audio) , -ˌtyüd \

Definition of ingratitude

: forgetfulness of or poor return for kindness received : ungratefulness

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their daughter's ingratitude for all that they have done for her is truly appalling
Recent Examples on the Web Equally important is for parents to instruct children to appreciate the damage that ingratitude can cause. Washington Post, "How parents are turning toward gratitude in the pandemic," 10 Dec. 2020 Envy and ingratitude sell, so Farhad Manjoo gets to misrepresent data, twist facts, and sow resentment in the paper of record. Isaac Schorr, National Review, "The New York Times Sells Envy," 25 Nov. 2020 This year establishment centrists have raised ingratitude to a high art since Joe Biden won the election without coattails. Ted Rall, WSJ, "Thank You for Voting and Get Out," 18 Nov. 2020 Most infuriating of all, in spite of their ingratitude, the 12m people of Jammu & Kashmir, including some 7m Muslims in the Kashmir valley, used to benefit—until last year—from a special form of autonomy accorded to no other state in India. The Economist, "Highland brig India is still trampling on civil liberties in Kashmir," 12 Sep. 2020 Sloane’s] statue is a huge sign of disrespect and ingratitude. ... Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "British Museum Moves Bust of Founder, Who Profited From Enslavement," 28 Aug. 2020 To sacrifice this blessing on the altar of socialism would be an act of enormous vandalism and incalculable ingratitude. Charles C. W. Cooke, National Review, "Help Us Fight the Menace of Socialism," 13 Feb. 2020 Despite the fulminating royal statement, every Thai knows that no one can beat the king himself for ingratitude, misbehaviour and disloyalty. The Economist, "King Vajiralongkorn dismisses his official mistress," 24 Oct. 2019 Never before has a boon to public health been met with such hysteria and ingratitude. Rich Lowry, National Review, "The Ridiculous Anti-Vaping Crusade," 20 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of ingratitude

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ingratitude

Middle English, from Middle French, from Medieval Latin ingratitudo, from Latin in- + Late Latin gratitudo gratitude

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“Ingratitude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ingratitude

: lack of proper appreciation or thanks for something (such as a kind or helpful act) : lack of gratitude


in·​grat·​i·​tude | \ in-ˈgra-tə-ˌtüd How to pronounce ingratitude (audio) , -ˌtyüd \

Kids Definition of ingratitude

: lack of gratitude



Legal Definition of ingratitude

: forgetfulness of or lack of appreciation for kindness or especially a gift received

Note: Under the civil law of Louisiana, a gift may be revoked on the ground of ingratitude if the recipient of the gift tries to kill the person who gave the gift, is guilty of cruelly mistreating or injuring the giver, or refuses the giver food when it is needed.

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