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

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ungratefully \ ˌən-​ˈgrāt-​fə-​lē How to pronounce ungratefully (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 For European leaders still getting to know the new Ukrainian president, the comments could be construed as ungrateful. Los Angeles Times, "Putin seems to be enjoying the Trump impeachment show," 9 Oct. 2019 Now stop being such an ungrateful whippersnapper, and call your grandma. Courtney Shea, refinery29.com, "How To Convince Your Family To Take Coronavirus Seriously," 26 Mar. 2020 These institutions have outlasted bad leadership, wars, uprisings, ungrateful employees, and plague. Paul Ford, Wired, "Stones, Clocks, and What We Should Actually Leave Behind," 21 Apr. 2020 The recent decision by Harry and his wife to step back from their duties and become more financially independent was dismissed by some as selfish and ungrateful. Kevin Cullen, BostonGlobe.com, "The abdication of stiff upper lips," 13 Jan. 2020 The chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence ripped Sen. Mitt Romney as an ungrateful politician who repeatedly begged for the president’s support then turned on him. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Top Pence aide: Mitt Romney ungrateful, ‘who’s not giving forgiveness?’," 6 Feb. 2020 Bridges knows there’s a fine line between thoughtfulness and the appearance of being ungrateful. Dan Singer, Dallas News, "How Fort Worth’s Leon Bridges and an eccentric music trio from Houston found a new sound together," 2 Feb. 2020 Only the ungrateful deceased are permitted to rest — in pieces, most likely; in hell for sure. Los Angeles Times, "The 20 essential L.A. crime books," 17 Oct. 2019 Trump made the comment while implying that Debbie Dingell, who's held her husband's seat in Michigan since 2014, was ungrateful for coming out in favor of his impeachment. NBC News, "Trump makes 'hell'-acious crack about deceased Rep. John Dingell, wife responds," 19 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of ungrateful

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of ungrateful was in 1533

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26 May 2020

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“Ungrateful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ungrateful. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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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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