Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The state of being grateful; thankfulness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being grateful.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being grateful; warm and friendly feeling toward a benefactor; kindness awakened by a favor received; thankfulness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being grateful or thankful; a warm and friendly feeling in response to a favor or favors received; thankfulness.
  • n. Synonyms See grateful.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a feeling of thankfulness and appreciation

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, probably from Late Latin grātitūdō, from Latin grātus, pleasing; see gwerə-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French gratitude, from Medieval Latin gratitudo ("thankfulness"), from Latin gratus ("thankful"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It was gratitude; —gratitude, not merely for having once loved her, but for loving her still well enough to forgive all the petulance and acrimony of her manner in rejecting him, and all the unjust accusations accompanying her rejection.

    Chapter XLIV

  • Long-term gratitude is unlikely and suspicion of U.S. motives will increase as the occupation continues.

    Blind Into Baghdad

  • The third reason for our gratitude is the decision of the General Assembly to overwhelmingly return us to the Security Council.

    The United States and the United Nations

  • The sense which we call gratitude, and which is not unmingled with what we call honor, came to this young cave man then.

    The Story of Ab A Tale of the Time of the Cave Man

  • She did not comprehend, perhaps, the depth of the sentiment with which her protector inspired her, which she called gratitude, but which, though she was unconscious of it, was really more than that.

    Around the World in Eighty Days

  • In its etymology the word "gratitude" came from the Latin word "gratus" meaning "grace" and grace is the presence of God manifested in people through virtues.

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  • It is what parades represent - a celebration, a commemoration, and an expression of gratitude by a community that has finally learned to separate the war from warriors.

    Paul Rieckhoff: If the Giants or Pats get a parade, shouldn't Iraq vets?

  • Not in gratitude, but in oxytocin; the elevation that comes from community, from purpose.

    the cadillacs come creeping through the night and the poison gas

  • She will also be missed by her former owner who actually bought me 40 lbs. of cat food in gratitude for my giving the kittens a home.

    Kitten Chantho dies

  • 'So I went ahead and borrowed a blue ribbon and am "wearing" it on my blog this week in gratitude for the very fact that I can do so, openly, without fear of suppression, persecution, or death.'

    Free speech online

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