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[grat-i-tood, -tyood] /ˈgræt ɪˌtud, -ˌtyud/
the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful:
He expressed his gratitude to everyone on the staff.
Origin of gratitude
late Middle English
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
thanks, thankfulness, appreciation, gratefulness. Unabridged
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  • He thanked his King in a voice full of gratitude and affection.

    Robin Hood Paul Creswick
  • He walked with new vigour and a deepening sense of gratitude.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • Her acceptance of him at that moment might be due in part to gratitude and relief.

  • His motive was gratitude to us, and affection excited by compassion.

    The Grateful Indian W.H.G. Kingston
  • It is not he who opposes, but he who performs, to whom the world owes its gratitude.

    The Story of a Life J. Breckenridge Ellis
British Dictionary definitions for gratitude


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

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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