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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Examples of ingratitude in a Sentence

their daughter's ingratitude for all that they have done for her is truly appalling

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Lear rages at the ingratitude of his daughters and the crumbling of his regal identity, but these are ultimately stand-ins for a greater antagonist. Paula Marantz Cohen, WSJ, "Shakespeare’s Uncomfortable Message for Baby Boomers," 26 Oct. 2018 Oprah disinvited him from her show in response, and Franzen was rebuked on all sides for his ingratitude and his luck and his privilege. New York Times, "Jonathan Franzen Is Fine With All of It," 26 June 2018 This is certainly the case with Truman Capote, who raised ingratitude to an art form. New York Times, "Notes From the Book Review Archives," 25 May 2018 Yet ingratitude toward America is central to the Left’s worldview — further reinforcing the unhappiness of its adherents. Dennis Prager, National Review, "Liberals and Conservatives Are Unhappy for Different Reasons," 13 Feb. 2018 This is an appearance unbecoming a public institution and, considering Jurich’s many achievements, indicative of ingratitude. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Connecting dots between Louisville law firm change and Jurich investigator is child's play | Sullivan," 1 Feb. 2018 The president* throws a nutty over Gorsuch’s towering ingratitude. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "Neil Gorsuch Is in the Neil Gorsuch Business," 19 Dec. 2017 Western indifference is a product of more than ingratitude. Jonathan S. Tobin, National Review, "Trump Should Buck the Consensus on the Kurds," 26 Sep. 2017 A treacherous President stood in the way; and it can be easily seen how reluctant good men might be to admit an apostasy which involved so much of baseness and ingratitude. Frederick Douglass, The Atlantic, "‘A Treacherous President Stood in the Way’," 16 Aug. 2017

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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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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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a strong desire or propensity

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