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

Examples of ingratitude in a Sentence

their daughter's ingratitude for all that they have done for her is truly appalling
Recent Examples on the Web But the virtues here so outweigh the flaws that to complain seems almost like ingratitude. New York Times, 9 Nov. 2021 Among the vices of the unforgiving progressive left are envy and intolerance, but perhaps the greatest is ingratitude. James Freeman, WSJ, 4 Jan. 2022 After more than a year of the coronavirus pandemic, help us to combat the pandemic of ingratitude, which blinds us to all kinds of blessings we are surrounded by. Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, 28 June 2021 But the recent high-profile termination of a Tennessee physician has put a spotlight on how often this dedication is met with ingratitude — or worse. Editorial Board, Star Tribune, 16 July 2021 Only wailing and filled diapers, debt and ingratitude, and inevitably sour teen years. Ben Philippe, The New Yorker, 20 June 2021 In its two scenes — which together last under an hour — the filling-station owner Bob and his wife, Mary, deal with the ingratitude and arrogance of Bob’s younger brother, Nate, a spendthrift academic whose studies were underwritten by the couple. New York Times, 28 May 2021 What is motherhood but a string of abuse, ingratitude and terror for what the savagery of the world will do to a child? Patrick Connolly,, 7 May 2021 In the minds of many Britons, no matter the depth of her personal suffering, Meghan has been tried and convicted of ingratitude. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, 8 Mar. 2021 See More

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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 25 May. 2022.

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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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