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[uhn-greyt-fuh l] /ʌnˈgreɪt fəl/
unappreciative; not displaying gratitude; not giving due return or recompense for benefits conferred:
ungrateful heirs.
unpleasant; distasteful; repellent:
an ungrateful task.
Origin of ungrateful
1545-55; un-1 + grateful
Related forms
ungratefully, adverb
ungratefulness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ungrateful
  • But given that voters are a famously ungrateful lot, that raises an interesting question.
  • Despite his generous compensation, he is sufficiently ungrateful to let it be known that he would be happier working elsewhere.
  • They're always there for him, and he was a little bit ungrateful.
  • How ungrateful and even risky, they may feel, to haggle over salary when the unemployment rate is so high.
  • In both stories, the people are poorer or worse off because they were ungrateful towards the animals.
  • They may tell others that the cooperative is ungrateful for their past support.
  • Open records are for only the maladjusted, ungrateful adoptee.
  • And still ungrateful members of the human race continue to die, and some of them die of cancer and some of old age.
  • In a shower of tears and a cataract of complaint she bemoaned her dark, ungrateful destiny.
British Dictionary definitions for ungrateful


not grateful or thankful
unrewarding or unpleasant; thankless
(of land) failing to increase fertility in response to cultivation
Derived Forms
ungratefully, adverb
ungratefulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for ungrateful

1550s, from un- (1) "not" + grateful. Related: Ungratefully.

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