an ungrateful person.


Archaic. ungrateful.

Origin of ingrate

1350–1400; Middle English ingrat < Latin ingrātus ungrateful. See in-3, grateful
Related formsin·grate·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for ingrate

bounder, self-seeker

Examples from the Web for ingrate

Historical Examples of ingrate

  • Then she tells every one I'm no good, an ingrate, everything that's bad.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service

  • 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

  • In other words, such an ingrate ought to have a flock of crows for pall-bearers!

    The Wedding Ring

    T. De Witt Talmage

  • I, the recipient of the master's favors, an ingrate and a wretch!

    Ernest Linwood

    Caroline Lee Hentz

  • But you have remembered me, Edith, even in the depth of your joy, ingrate that I am.

    Ernest Linwood

    Caroline Lee Hentz

British Dictionary definitions for ingrate



an ungrateful person


Derived Formsingrately, adverb

Word Origin for ingrate

C14: from Latin ingrātus (adj), from in- 1 + grātus grateful
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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.

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