un·​grate·​ful | \ ˌən-ˈgrāt-fəl How to pronounce ungrateful (audio) \

Definition of ungrateful

1 : showing no gratitude : making a poor return an ungrateful child
2 : disagreeable also : thankless

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ungratefully \ ˌən-​ˈgrāt-​fə-​lē How to pronounce ungrateful (audio) \ adverb
ungratefulness noun

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Examples of ungrateful in a Sentence

I don't mean to seem ungrateful. the park's custodial staff has the ungrateful job of cleaning up after the Independence Day party is over
Recent Examples on the Web The culpability for the tragedy unfolding in the news today is not in some malevolent energy deep in the soil of Afghanistan, as some imagine it, or in the apparent, ungrateful fickleness of the American people. Joseph S. Laughon, National Review, 18 Aug. 2021 The challenge here is to flaunt the finer things without seeming materialistic, to grouse without being ungrateful, to prod without drawing blood. Craig Jenkins, Vulture, 25 June 2021 The players, in this formulation are wealthy and ungrateful elites. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 21 June 2021 These people are seemingly living ungrateful lives. Doug Meyer-cuno, Forbes, 17 June 2021 Partly as a result of that activism, many pro-Beijing voices depict Hong Kong’s university students as radical, ungrateful, and difficult, in contrast with the stereotype of their more pliant, hardworking mainland counterparts. Timothy Mclaughlin, The Atlantic, 5 June 2021 But he was often scorned by viewers who mocked his Mandarin and called him lazy or ungrateful. Los Angeles Times, 20 May 2021 This is far from the first time Abby has called out the girls for being ungrateful. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, 8 Apr. 2021 Kevin accuses him of being ungrateful to Jack and Rebecca. Amanda Ostuni, EW.com, 14 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of ungrateful

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 Aug 2021

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“Ungrateful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ungrateful. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ungrateful

: not feeling or showing thanks for favors, gifts, etc. : not grateful


un·​grate·​ful | \ ˌən-ˈgrāt-fəl How to pronounce ungrateful (audio) \

Kids Definition of ungrateful

: not feeling or showing thanks an ungrateful child

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