- unappreciative; not displaying gratitude; not giving due return or recompense for benefits conferred: ungrateful heirs.
- unpleasant; distasteful; repellent: an ungrateful task.
Origin of ungrateful
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Examples from the Web for ungrateful
I know one shouldn't be ungrateful, but what is it about people giving your kids ridiculous presents when you are on holiday?Prince George Given Giant Toy Wombat
April 16, 2014
There will be tears, ungrateful betrayals, but at some point—if you keep your faith—the problem child will grow up.Juvenilia: A Bibliography
February 15, 2010
Small children are ungrateful; to do one a favor is, from a business point of view, about as shrewd as making a subprime mortgage.Are the Glory Days of Fatherhood Over?
June 20, 2009
My master would deem me ungrateful, Ambrose break his heart.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
How ungrateful to that God, who blessed them with such talents!Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
I respect and love her with all my soul:—I should be a most ungrateful wretch if I did not.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
Do not consider me as your master—your tyrant; do not imagine that I think you ungrateful!
I should be the most ungrateful wretch in the world, if I were to make him unhappy.
- not grateful or thankful
- unrewarding or unpleasant; thankless
- (of land) failing to increase fertility in response to cultivation
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Word Origin and History for ungrateful
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