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

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  • Ingrate — In grate (?; 277), a. [L. ingratus. See {Ingrateful}.] Ingrateful. [Obs. or Poetic] Bacon. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ingrate — In grate , n. An ungrateful person. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ingrate — formal or literary ► NOUN ▪ an ungrateful person. ► ADJECTIVE ▪ ungrateful. ORIGIN Latin ingratus, from in not + gratus grateful …   English terms dictionary

  • ingrate — [in′grāt΄] adj. [ME ingrat < OFr < L ingratus, unpleasant, ungrateful < in , not + gratus, grateful: see GRACE] Obs. ungrateful n. an ungrateful person …   English World dictionary

  • ingrate — ● ingrat, ingrate adjectif (latin ingratus, déplaisant) Dont l apparence physique n est pas agréable à l œil, qui manque de grâce : Un visage plutôt ingrat. Se dit d un terrain qui produit peu malgré le travail fourni : Un sol ingrat. Difficile,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • ingrate — UK [ˈɪnɡreɪt] / US [ˈɪnˌɡreɪt] noun [countable] Word forms ingrate : singular ingrate plural ingrates formal someone who is not grateful in the way they should be …   English dictionary

  • ingrate — noun Etymology: Latin ingratus ungrateful, from in + gratus grateful more at grace Date: 1622 an ungrateful person …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • ingrate — ingrately, adv. /in grayt/, n. 1. an ungrateful person. adj. 2. Archaic. ungrateful. [1350 1400; ME ingrat < L ingratus ungrateful. See IN 3, GRATEFUL] * * * …   Universalium

  • ingrate — 1. adjective Ungrateful. 2. noun An ungrateful person …   Wiktionary

  • ingrate — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. thankless person, ungrateful person, self seeker, bounder*; see opportunist …   English dictionary for students

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