September 8th, 2019

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Sunday Word: Ingrate

ingrate [in-greyt]

(formal, literary) ungrateful person


And I have a situation where if, hypothetically, my father-in-law wants me to hire Chucky Lomanto's cousin and I don't, my father-in-law will run to my mother-in-law, tell her all about it and convince her I was a big ingrate who wasn’t helping him. (David Remnick, Blago Speaks. Again., New Yorker, Sep 2009 )

Every time that I fill a high office, I create a hundred discontented men and an ingrate. (Louis XIV of France, quoted in Voltaire, Le Siècle de Louis XIV )

Johnson was an ingrate, and not worthy of the good that Doctor Brighton wrought upon him. (Charles G Harper, The Brighton Road )


Late Middle English (as an adjective): from Latin ingratus, from in- 'not' + gratus 'grateful' (Lexico)

1670s, from earlier adjective meaning 'unfriendly,' also 'ungrateful, unthankful' (14c.), from Latin ingratus 'unpleasant, disagreeable,' also 'ungrateful, unthankful,' and 'thankless, unprofitable,' from in- 'not' + gratus 'pleasing, beloved, dear, agreeable' (from suffixed form of PIE root gwere- 'to favor'). (Online Etymology Dictionary)