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- (obsolete, poetic) Ungrateful.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?)
- (obsolete, 1700s) Unpleasant, unfriendly.
- 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
- 1671, Who, for so many benefits received, / Turned recreant to God, ingrate and false — John Milton, Paradise Regained
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