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gratitude

[grat-i-tood, -tyood] /ˈgræt ɪˌtud, -ˌtyud/
noun
1.
the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful:
He expressed his gratitude to everyone on the staff.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin grātitūdin- (stem of grātitūdō) thankfulness, equivalent to grāt(us) pleasing + -i- -i- + -tūdin- -tude
Related forms
overgratitude, noun
ungratitude, noun
Synonyms
thanks, thankfulness, appreciation, gratefulness.
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  • What she discovered was gratitude.
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  • We owe him our gratitude.
  • The whole book is an act of gratitude.
  • But such generosity did not guarantee everlasting gratitude.
  • He certainly wasn't in it for the gratitude.
  • Has anyone done a 'gratitude journal'? I'm thinking of giving that a try.
  • Colonel, you have my undying admiration and gratitude.
  • Then out of gratitude, we'll support those artist who have touched us.
British Dictionary definitions for gratitude

gratitude

/ˈɡrætɪˌtjuːd/
noun
1.
a feeling of thankfulness or appreciation, as for gifts or favours
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin grātitūdō, from Latin grātusgrateful
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Word Origin and History for gratitude
n.

mid-15c., "good will," from Middle French gratitude (15c.) or directly from Medieval Latin gratitudinem (nominative gratitudo) "thankfulness," from Latin gratus "thankful, pleasing" (see grace). Meaning "thankfulness" is from 1560s.

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