un·grate·ful | \ˌən-ˈgrāt-fəl \

Definition of ungrateful 

1 : showing no gratitude : making a poor return an ungrateful child

2 : disagreeable also : thankless

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Other Words from ungrateful

ungratefully \ˌən-ˈgrāt-fə-lē \ adverb
ungratefulness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for ungrateful


thankless, unappreciated



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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

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Some see that same pugilism as a negative, especially when he's used it to deliver sharp upper cuts to top Republican leaders who had once been in his corner and now harshly criticize him as an ungrateful opportunist. Maureen Groppe, Indianapolis Star, "Todd Rokita is battling 'the elites,' including fellow Republicans who used to support him," 26 Apr. 2018 Not to sound ungrateful to the Hollywood Foreign Press, but that moment was my real Golden Globe. Jessica De Ruiter, Glamour, "Rachel Bloom Writes a Love Letter to Her Comedy Icon Carol Burnett," 2 July 2018 In the white-hot passions over Vietnam, police and National Guardsmen beat and sometimes shot those protesting the country’s policies, who were seen by many as ungrateful and un-American. Doug Struck, The Christian Science Monitor, "As Americans celebrate Independence Day, what does it mean to be a patriot?," 2 July 2018 But there's a big difference between being ungrateful and being a human being going through things. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Alessia Cara Turns Her "Growing Pains" Into Pop Perfection," 18 June 2018 In her comment, Selena accuses Justin of cheating multiple times and hints that his ungrateful attitude towards his supporters is why Beliebers are angry with him. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "Selena Gomez Allegedly Accuses Justin Bieber of Cheating in Savage Instagram Response," 15 Aug. 2016 But the official complained many of the women are resentful and ungrateful - often throwing the food they have been given on the ground, and treating those guarding them with disrespect. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "The life of ISIS wives held in Syria: infighting, jealousy - and regrets," 23 Apr. 2018 Who told her therapist for 30 years that her children were essentially evil and patently ungrateful. Lisa Solod, New York Times, "When Alzheimer’s Makes Room for Love," 2 Mar. 2018 In an art form prized for its grace, these actions could be considered disrespectful, unbecoming, ungrateful. Sarah L. Kaufman, miamiherald, "It’s the time for dancers to behave badly | Miami Herald," 8 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of ungrateful

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

Kids Definition of ungrateful

: not feeling or showing thanks an ungrateful child

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