• IPA: /ˈɪnɡɹeɪt/


  1. (obsolete, poetic) ungrateful
    • 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 […], 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, {{...}
  2. (obsolete) unpleasant, unfriendly [18th c.]

ingrate (plural ingrates)

  1. 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

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