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Definitions for ingratitude
ɪnˈgræt ɪˌtud, -ˌtyudin·grat·i·tude

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ingratitude, ungratefulnessnoun

    a lack of gratitude


  1. ingratitudenoun

    A lack or absence of gratitude; thanklessness.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Ingratitudenoun

    Retribution of evil for good; unthankfulness.

    Etymology: ingratitude, French; in and gratitude.

    Ingratitude! thou marble-hearted fiend,
    More hideous, when thou shew'st thee in a child,
    Than the sea monster. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Ingratitude is abhorred both by God and man, and vengeance attends those that repay evil for good. Roger L'Estrange.

    Nor was it with ingratitude return'd,
    In equal fires the blissful couple burn'd;
    One joy possess'd 'em both, and in one grief they mourn'd. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ingratitudenoun

    want of gratitude; insensibility to, forgetfulness of, or ill return for, kindness or favors received; unthankfulness; ungratefulness

  2. Etymology: [F. ingratitude, L. ingratitudo. See Ingrate.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ingratitude

    in-grat′i-tūd, n. unthankfulness: the return of evil for good. [Low L. ingratitudo—L. ingratus, unthankful.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. ingratitude

    1. A girl who is too busy to acknowledge receipt of a Christmas present. 2. The portion of the man who has done well; and a fight with the fox you have warmed into life is imminent.

Editors Contribution

  1. ingratitude

    Broken brain. Stinking thinking.

    Submitted by anonymous on December 9, 2019  

  2. Ingratitude

    Ingratitude is thinking nothing of what has been done or given to you by someone else. That is to say, not feeling bound to show gratitude. In other words, ingratitude is a discreditable lack of gratitude. It is synonymous with ungratefulness.

    Emeasoba George

    Submitted by emeasoba_g on February 28, 2018  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ingratitude in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ingratitude in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of ingratitude in a Sentence

  1. Samuel Johnson:

    A man is very apt to complain of the ingratitude of those who have risen far above him.

  2. William Shakespeare:

    Blow, blow, thou winter wind Thou art not so unkind, As man's ingratitude.

  3. Cardinal Richelieu:

    Friendship is the medicine for all misfortune; but ingratitude dries up the fountain of all goodness.

  4. Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry:

    The Ecuadorian government notices that these falsehoods are also an attempt to tarnish the dignity of the country, when they issue falsehoods, the asylee and his associates express once more their ingratitude and disrespect towards Ecuador, instead of showing gratitude towards the country that has welcomed him for nearly seven years, incurred significant expenditures to pay for his stay at the embassy, has borne their rudeness and to whom he, paradoxically, has filed a lawsuit against for adopting a cohabitation protocol in order to prevent his bad behavior from taking place again.

  5. William Shakespeare:

    I hate ingratitude more in a man than lying, vainness, babbling, drunkenness, or any taint of vice whose strong corruption inhabits our frail blood.

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    the trait of showing courage and determination in spite of possible loss or injury
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