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[in-greyt] /ˈɪn greɪt/
an ungrateful person.
Archaic. ungrateful.
Origin of ingrate
1350-1400; Middle English ingrat < Latin ingrātus ungrateful. See in-3, grateful
Related forms
ingrately, adverb Unabridged
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  • He knew that, too, if he would not prove himself an ingrate.

    A Little Girl in Old Pittsburg Amanda M. Douglas
  • There is nothing lower on the face of the earth than an ingrate and a snake's belly.

    Dollars and Sense Col. Wm. C. Hunter
  • But I should like your client to know that I am not wholly an ingrate.

    A Romantic Young Lady Robert Grant
  • In other words, such an ingrate ought to have a flock of crows for pall-bearers!

    The Wedding Ring T. De Witt Talmage
  • But you have remembered me, Edith, even in the depth of your joy, ingrate that I am.

    Ernest Linwood Caroline Lee Hentz
  • All these years she has cared for me, worked for me and I should be an ingrate to forget it.

    The Girls at Mount Morris Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • Then she tells every one I'm no good, an ingrate, everything that's bad.

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
  • "You must take me for an ingrate, I, whom she is the——" He faltered.

  • It is the torment of him who loves to become, despite himself, the slave and accomplice of the ingrate who feels himself beloved.

  • If you mean I am an ingrate, that is an unpleasant word, Aunt Mary.

    The Dude Wrangler Caroline Lockhart
British Dictionary definitions for ingrate


/ˈɪnɡreɪt; ɪnˈɡreɪt/
an ungrateful person
Derived Forms
ingrately, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin ingrātus (adj), from in-1 + grātusgrateful
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Word Origin and History for ingrate

"ungrateful person," 1670s, from earlier adjective meaning "unfriendly" (late 14c.) also "ungrateful, unthankful," from Latin ingratus "unpleasant," also "ungrateful," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + gratus "pleasing, beloved, dear, agreeable" (see grace). The noun meaning "ungrateful person" dates from 1670s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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