- (obsolete, poetic) Ungrateful.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?)
1671, John Milton, “Book the Third”, in Paradise Regain’d. A Poem. In IV Books. To which is Added, Samson Agonistes, London: Printed by J. M[acock] for John Starkey at the Mitre in Fleetstreet, near Temple-Bar, OCLC 228732398, page 61:
- Who, for ſo many benefits receiv'd, / Turn'd recreant to God, ingrate and falſe, / And ſo of all true good himſelf deſpoil'd, […]
- (obsolete) Unpleasant, unfriendly. [18th c.]
- 1590, Yet in his mind malitious and ingrate — Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene
- 1596, But I will lift the down-trod Mortimer / As high in the air as this unthankful king, / As this ingrate and canker'd Bolingbroke. — William Shakespeare, King Henry IV, Part 1
ungrateful — see ungrateful
ingrate (plural ingrates)
- An ungrateful person.
- 1843, But Mr Pecksniff, dismissing all ephemeral considerations of social pleasure and enjoyment, concentrated his meditations on the one great virtuous purpose before him, of casting out that ingrate and deceiver, whose presence yet troubled his domestic hearth, and was a sacrilege upon the altars of his household gods. — Charles Dickens, Martin Chuzzlewit
- 1860–61: "Speak the truth, you ingrate!" cried Miss Havisham — Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
- 1893, Out of my sight, ingrate! — W.S.Gilbert, Utopia Limited
an ungrateful person
ingrate f pl
- plural of