Definition of ingratitude in English:



mass noun
  • A discreditable lack of gratitude.

    ‘he returned his daughter's care with ingratitude and unkindness’
    • ‘The worst thing, in one sense, is the feeling of ingratitude I have, the inability to take solace in all the good things with which I am blessed.’
    • ‘Many people around the world experience, at some time or the other in their lifetimes, a feeling of wretchedness, desolation, hysteria and ingratitude within themselves.’
    • ‘It has been 364 days since the last time I confessed my ingratitude.’
    • ‘So maybe he is disgusted with his own great historic ingratitude.’
    • ‘In view of the sacrifice our troops have made on our behalf, this insensitivity to them and their families suggests a level of self-indulgence and ingratitude that shocks the conscience.’
    • ‘While conservative often feel that such behavior reflects ingratitude, it is precisely this ability to let off steam that makes our alliances work.’
    • ‘How Americans will react to this rank ingratitude is beyond me.’
    • ‘Jesus could not heal these people not because of a lack of power, but because of ingratitude and a rejection of his gracious patronage!’
    • ‘Many within the UN saw the bombing as an act of ingratitude.’
    • ‘‘Nothing very dramatic gained and certainly nothing dramatic lost,’ explained another White House official, with a cheerfulness that might in other circumstances be regarded as rank ingratitude.’
    • ‘Whether or not you really intend to try this simple act of ingratitude, you should certainly tell Austria that that is your plan.’
    • ‘It would be seen as an act of vandalism and ingratitude by the international community.’
    • ‘Its denizens now sense that the American people no longer wish to subsidize their defense only to earn ingratitude.’
    • ‘Nor is he the victim of injustice or ingratitude that might extenuate, though not excuse, his later crimes.’
    • ‘If they say they are unhappy with the negotiations, after all the sacrifices I made, then that would be the height of ingratitude.’
    • ‘How is this for sheer stupidity, moral blindness and ingratitude?’
    • ‘It's sad but true that such ingratitude is not all that rare.’
    • ‘It must be due to a sudden outbreak of ingratitude and lack of common sense.’
    • ‘‘On Wall Street, it's amazing what people can find inadequate,’ Barry wonders as the man rages on about corporate ingratitude.’
    • ‘And in today's times where ingratitude rules the roost, teachers, an important human resource who shape our future generations, get sidelined, or are forgotten.’
    ungratefulness, thanklessness, unthankfulness, lack of gratitude, lack of appreciation, non-recognition
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Middle English: from Old French, or from late Latin ingratitudo, from Latin ingratus ‘ungrateful’ (see ingrate).