ingratitude


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in·grat·i·tude

 (ĭn-grăt′ĭ-to͞od′, -tyo͞od′)
n.
Lack of gratitude; ungratefulness.

ingratitude

(ɪnˈɡrætɪˌtjuːd)
n
lack of gratitude; ungratefulness; thanklessness

in•grat•i•tude

(ɪnˈgræt ɪˌtud, -ˌtyud)

n.
the state of being ungrateful; ungratefulness; unthankfulness.
[1175–1225; Middle English < Medieval Latin]

Ingratitude

 of children.

Ingratitude

 

bite the hand that feeds you To repay the kindness of a benefactor with ill will or injury; to act ungratefully. This expression, which dates from 1770, probably refers to the way a surly dog snaps at the hand of the one who offers it food.

don’t look a gift horse in the mouth Don’t be ungrateful or unappreciative, don’t criticize or find fault with a gift. The allusion is to someone so rudely ungrateful that he would look into the mouth of a horse given to him as a present to check its age and condition.

He would be a fool … to look such a gift horse in the mouth. (James Payn, The Mystery of Mirbridge, 1888)

A variant of this proverbial expression dates from at least 1546.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ingratitude - a lack of gratitudeingratitude - a lack of gratitude      
feeling - the experiencing of affective and emotional states; "she had a feeling of euphoria"; "he had terrible feelings of guilt"; "I disliked him and the feeling was mutual"
gratitude - a feeling of thankfulness and appreciation; "he was overwhelmed with gratitude for their help"

ingratitude

noun ungratefulness, thanklessness, lack of recognition, unappreciativeness The Government could expect only ingratitude from the electorate.
thanks, appreciation, gratitude, thanksgiving, thankfulness, gratefulness
Quotations
"Blow, blow, thou winter wind,"
"Thou art not so unkind"
"As man's ingratitude:"
"Because thou art not seen,"
"Although thy breath be rude" [William Shakespeare As You Like It]
"Time hath, my lord, a wallet at his back,"
"Wherein he puts alms for oblivion,"
"A great-sized monster of ingratitudes:"
"Those scraps are good deeds past: which are devoured"
"As fast as they are made, forgot as soon"
"As done" [William Shakespeare Troilus and Cressida]
Translations
جُحود، نُكْران جَميل
nevděčnost
utakutaknemlighed
vanòakklæti
nedėkingumas
nepateicība
nevďačnosť
nankörlük

ingratitude

[ɪnˈgrætɪtjuːd] Ningratitud f

ingratitude

[ɪnˈgrætɪtjuːd] ningratitude f

ingratitude

nUndank m; somebody’s ingratitudejds Undankbarkeit f

ingratitude

[ɪnˈgrætɪtjuːd] ningratitudine f

ingratitude

(inˈgrӕtitjuːd) noun
lack of gratitude. I felt hurt by his ingratitude.
References in classic literature ?
Yes, I was saved, and by the merciful instinct of ingratitude which nature had planted in the breast of that treacherous beast.
And, to cap the climax of their base ingratitude and fiendish barbarity, my grandmother, who was now very old, having outlived my old master and all his children, having seen the beginning and end of all of them, and her present owners finding she was of but little value, her frame already racked with the pains of old age, and complete helplessness fast stealing over her once active limbs, they took her to the woods, built her a little hut, put up a little mud-chimney, and then made her welcome to the privilege of support- ing herself there in perfect loneliness; thus virtually turning her out to die
Absolute neglect of the mother and sisters, when invited to come, would be ingratitude.
meeting with such ingratitude, where so much kindness had been shewn, so much confidence had been placed
This I learned from her benefactress; from the pious and charitable lady who adopted her in her orphan state, reared her as her own daughter, and whose kindness, whose generosity the unhappy girl repaid by an ingratitude so bad, so dreadful, that at last her excellent patroness was obliged to separate her from her own young ones, fearful lest her vicious example should contaminate their purity: she has sent her here to be healed, even as the Jews of old sent their diseased to the troubled pool of Bethesda; and, teachers, superintendent, I beg of you not to allow the waters to stagnate round her.
After constant indulgence of one's weak nature, and the other's bad one, I earn for thanks two samples of blind ingratitude, stupid to absurdity
Her mind was not at ease when she had done this: there seemed to be some indefinable ingratitude in the act.
There may be black ingratitude in the thing, and the punishment may be retributive and well deserved; but, that it is a miserable thing, I can testify.
Thus spake Prince John, wilfully forgetting, that of all the sons of Henry the Second, though no one was free from the charge, he himself had been most distinguished for rebellion and ingratitude to his father.
It was at this time that I rendered to the young cripple the important service of which you have heard, and for which, as you know, he showed such profound ingratitude, that he preferred rather to leave Bagdad than to run the risk of seeing me.
But for you, O my children, whose lives are but newly begun, the wickedness, unkindness, and ingratitude from which I fled are before you.
He loved deeply, he was hated; he adored, he was scorned; he wooed a wild beast, he pleaded with marble, he pursued the wind, he cried to the wilderness, he served ingratitude, and for reward was made the prey of death in the mid-course of life, cut short by a shepherdess whom he sought to immortalise in the memory of man, as these papers which you see could fully prove, had he not commanded me to consign them to the fire after having consigned his body to the earth.