unappreciative

adjective
un·​ap·​pre·​cia·​tive | \ˌən-ə-ˈprē-shə-tiv, -ˈpri- also -ˈprē-shē-ˌā-\

Definition of unappreciative 

: not giving recognition or thanks for something : showing no appreciation : not appreciative unappreciative of the film's cultural significance spoiled and unappreciative children

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Synonyms & Antonyms for unappreciative

Synonyms

thankless, ungrateful

Antonyms

appreciative, grateful, obliged, thankful

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This is a powerful study in empathy as Bishop, the golden child born after her mother married, befriends and cares for her difficult, ailing, often unappreciative, outcast brother. Dannye Romine Powell, charlotteobserver, "Slipping into the sleeves of other lives: 8 memoirs to read now and 4 to watch for," 2 June 2018 Just behave: Nakazawa once famously kicked out a Michelin Guide inspector for rude, unappreciative behavior. Bloomberg.com, "Bloomberg," 2 May 2018 None of this is to say the Ramblers are unappreciative of their moment. Aaron Reiss, kansascity, "The only reporters who covered Loyola long before the Final Four? They're students | The Kansas City Star," 30 Mar. 2018 The reply was criticized by viewers, who assumed Lawrence was being rude and unappreciative. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Jennifer Lawrence Defends Herself, Says She Wasn't 'Being Rude' at BAFTA Awards," 20 Feb. 2018 All music is art, and all art—when put on display—is subject to the judgment and interpretation of both appreciative and unappreciative audiences. Zack Linly, The Root, "Is Today’s Hip-Hop Trash or Are We Just Getting Old? Spoiler Alert: The Answer Is ‘Yes’," 1 Feb. 2018 Message a freelancer friend on Facebook and commiserate about unappreciative clients who offer lower and lower rates while asking for more and more. Jennifer Worick, The Seattle Times, "My wonderful, terrible freelance life," 19 Sep. 2017 Or that her kids are life-affirming joys to be around and also unappreciative jerks. Daniel D’addario, Time, "Review: Why Better Things Is One of the Best Shows on Television Right Now," 14 Sep. 2017 Around the corner, amid the sausage stands of Weimar’s bustling marketplace, voters seem unappreciative. The Economist, "Agenda 2021Why Germany’s Social Democrats have no hope," 9 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of unappreciative

1840, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unappreciative was in 1840

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