grateful


grateful
grateful 1 Grateful, thankful both mean feeling or expressing one's gratitude.
Grateful is more commonly employed to express a proper sense of favors received from another person or other persons
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a grateful child

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a grateful recipient of charity

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the Queen herself, grateful to Prince Geraint for service done— Tennyson

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Thankful is often employed by preference to express one's acknowledgment of divine favor or of what is vaguely felt to be providential
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for what we are about to receive make us truly thankful

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it was really the Lord's Day, for he made his creatures happy in it, and their hearts were thankfulLandor

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I am endlessly thankful that I was among the last persons to see the original Rheims intact— Ellis

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Analogous words: appreciating or appreciative, valuing, prizing, cherishing (see corresponding verbs at APPRECIATE): gratified, pleased, delighted (see PLEASE): satisfied, contented (see under SATISFY)
Antonyms: ungrateful
2 agreeable, gratifying, *pleasant, pleasing, welcome
Analogous words: comforting, consoling, solacing (see COMFORT vb): refreshing, restoring or restorative, renewing, rejuvenating (see corresponding verbs at RENEW): delicious, *delightful, delectable
Antonyms: obnoxious
Contrasted words: distasteful, abhorrent, Repugnant, repellent

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  • Grateful — Grate ful, a. [Grate, a. + full; cf. F. gr[ e] thanks, good will, fr. L. gratum, neut. of gratus agreeable, grateful. See {Grate}, a.] 1. Having a due sense of benefits received; kindly disposed toward one from whom a favor has been received;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • grateful — [adj1] appreciative beholden, gratified, indebted, obliged, pleased, thankful; concept 403 Ant. heedless, thankless, unappreciative, ungrateful grateful [adj2] pleasing, nice acceptable, agreeable, comforting, congenial, consoling, delectable,… …   New thesaurus

  • grateful — (adj.) 1550s, pleasing to the mind, also full of gratitude, from obsolete adj. grate agreeable, thankful, from L. gratus pleasing (see GRACE (Cf. grace)). A most unusual formation [Weekley]. Hard to think of another case where English uses FUL… …   Etymology dictionary

  • grateful — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ feeling or showing gratitude. DERIVATIVES gratefully adverb. ORIGIN from obsolete grate pleasing, thankful , from Latin gratus …   English terms dictionary

  • grateful — [grāt′fəl] adj. [obs grate, pleasing (< L gratus: see GRACE) + FUL] 1. feeling or expressing gratitude; thankful; appreciative 2. causing gratitude; welcome; pleasing gratefully adv. gratefulness n …   English World dictionary

  • grateful — grate|ful W3 [ˈgreıtfəl] adj [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: grate pleasing, thankful (16 17 centuries), from Latin gratus] 1.) feeling that you want to thank someone because of something kind that they have done, or showing this feeling ≠ ↑ungrateful… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • grateful — adj. VERBS ▪ be, feel, look, seem, sound ▪ remain ADVERB ▪ extremely, really …   Collocations dictionary

  • grateful — grate|ful [ greıtfəl ] adjective ** feeling that you want to thank someone because they have given you something or done something for you: Thanks for coming with me. I m really grateful. grateful for: I m very grateful for all your help with the …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • grateful */*/ — UK [ˈɡreɪtf(ə)l] / US [ˈɡreɪtfəl] adjective feeling that you want to thank someone because they have given you something or have done something for you Thanks for coming with me. I m really grateful. grateful for: I m very grateful for all your… …   English dictionary

  • grateful — adj. 1) grateful for; to (I am grateful to you for your help) 2) grateful that + clause (I m grateful that you can help) * * * [ greɪtf(ə)l] to (I am grateful to you for your help) grateful for grateful that + clause (I m grateful that you can… …   Combinatory dictionary


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