Definition of ingratitude
: forgetfulness of or poor return for kindness received : ungratefulness
Examples of ingratitude in a Sentence
their daughter's ingratitude for all that they have done for her is truly appalling
Recent Examples of ingratitude from the Web
Her good fortune had been given to her by her parents; to throw it away was a gesture of ingratitude.
Diski riskily interrogates the ingratitude lurking beneath her feelings toward Lessing — the aristocratic savior (of the Communist-Sufi-literary variety) to her Dickensian waif.
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Origin and Etymology of ingratitude
Middle English, from Middle French, from Medieval Latin ingratitudo, from Latin in- + Late Latin gratitudo gratitude
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
INGRATITUDE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ingratitude for English Language Learners
: lack of proper appreciation or thanks for something (such as a kind or helpful act) : lack of gratitude
INGRATITUDE Defined for Kids
Definition of ingratitude for Students
: lack of gratitude
Legal Definition of ingratitude
: forgetfulness of or lack of appreciation for kindness or especially a gift received
Additional Notes on ingratitude
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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