Ingratitude is "a want of gratitude or sentiments of kindness for favors received; insensibility to favors, and want of a disposition to repay them; unthankfulness, the retribution of evil for good." Ungratefulness is not feeling or exhibiting gratitude, thanks, or appreciation. Synonyms for ingratitude include thanklessness, ungratefulness, inappreciativeness, and unappreciation.

Ingratitude is more than not being thankful for a gift or a favor; it throws the gift in the face of the giver and returns ill for good. Ingratitude begins as a soul taint, but obdurate ingratitude is a sin.

Edna Lister on Ingratitude

You think you are grateful, but you neutralize its quality with rebellion. – Edna Lister, August 17, 1947.

"I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore." – Psalm 21. Do not be so caught in life's busyness that you forget from whence your help cometh. – Edna Lister, September 11, 1952.

Don't let appreciation stick in your throat. – Edna Lister, July 20, 1956.

You do not need any lack of appreciation, or inattention under the surface. – Edna Lister, September 17, 1958.

God awards great gifts for soul conquering of the self; in some cases, they may be withdrawn for lack of appreciation and the whole thing remains to be done again. – Edna Lister, January 24, 1960.

Appreciation is necessary to hold our gains. Lack of appreciation causes more sleep; the second death, to forget law! – Edna Lister, September 17, 1961.

Senility begins with a lack of gratitude and praise for what you have. – Edna Lister, February 28, 1965.

“I counsel thee to buy from Me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich, and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed and that the shame of thy nakedness may not appear, and anoint thine eyes with eye salve, that thou mayest see.” – Revelation 3:18. Praise is your eye salve. Eye trouble is a lack of appreciation and gratitude. – Edna Lister, May 13, 1965.

Never resent the other fellow's lack of gratitude. – Edna Lister, What Is Nonresistance? May 23, 1965.

You must lift those who display a lack of gratitude. – Edna Lister, May 9, 1966.

A time comes when ingratitude and indifference and a "take it for granted" complacency must be shattered before you may continue to ascend. – Edna Lister, May 20, 1966.

Look up, praise and give thanks for everyone who is ungrateful. You take up the slack on what they fail to give God. – Edna Lister, June 3, 1966.

"Let the graciousness and the loveliness, the tenderness and the mercy, the compassion and the love, the glory and the Light of the Lord Jesus Christ now abide within me and move through all my affairs. Let the graciousness and the loveliness, the tenderness and the mercy, the compassion and the love, the glory and the Light of the Lord Jesus Christ now abide within you and move through all your affairs." – Edna Lister, Undated Papers, 1924-1971.

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Edna Miriam Lister
1884 – 1971
The original Christian Pioneering Mystic,
Platonist philosopher, American Idealist, Founder, Society of the Universal Living Christ, minister, teacher, author, wife, and mother.

Edna Lister

Etymology of ingratitude: Latin in- "not" + gratitudo, "thankfulness," from Latin gratus, "thankful, pleasing."

Ingratitude begins as a soul taint.

Obdurate ingratitude is a sin.


The Compact Edition of The Oxford English Dictionary: 2 volumes. E.S.C. Weiner, editor. Oxford University Press, 1971.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).

Webster, Noah.“Ingratitude,” Webster’s American Dictionary of the English Language. New York: S. Converse, 1828. This work is in the public domain.

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