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Definition of ingrate in English:


Pronunciation /ɪnˈɡreɪt/ /ˈɪnɡreɪt/


literary, formal

  • An ungrateful person.

    • ‘Many English people see us as whining ingrates.’
    • ‘But what they give those ingrates is a mind-blowing rock show.’
    • ‘They go to battle and risk their lives so ingrates like you can live in luxury.’
    • ‘First impressions are that it is a joyless, characterless pub, staffed by disinterested graduate students and other ingrates, with bizarrely obscure (but not in a good way) range of beers.’
    • ‘In the future, selfish ingrates will simply launch his remains into the sun.’
    • ‘The sad fact for all you ingrates is that seh is indisposed doing the power-suited corporate thing today and I’ve got time on my hands.’
    • ‘The largesse doled out to these ingrates includes, to name but some of the freebies, house; car; medical care; and various cash benefits.’
    • ‘Immigrant kids are more likely to listen to their parents, and they tend not to be alienated ingrates who take their country’s prosperity and opportunities for granted.’
    • ‘He shudders to think what this here group of punks and ingrates would do to a smiley guy like Clyde.’
    • ‘In her book the unconverted Left are still a bunch of ingrates demanding the impossible.’


literary, formal

  • Ungrateful.

    • ‘But eventually, in this late case, the ingrate audience stays away in droves.’
    • ‘I think it’s because the ingrate viewing public knows about as much about history as they know about astral projection and they just hate being reminded of how utterly ignorant they all are.’
    • ‘We can afford a few traitorous little ingrate rich kids.’
    • ‘The feudal deference, and the ingrate privileges, crumble under the pressure for social equity.’
    • ‘By the way, I’ve signed on for e-mail updates from all the organizations above (so you won’t have to, you ingrate weasels).’


Late Middle English (as an adjective): from Latin ingratus, from in- ‘not’ + gratus ‘grateful’.



/ɪnˈɡreɪt/ /ˈɪnɡreɪt/

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