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Definition of Ingrate

  INGRATE   noun
One who receives a benefit from another, or is otherwise an object of charity.
  'All men are ingrates,' sneered the cynic.  'Nay,'
      The good philanthropist replied;
  'I did great service to a man one day
  Who never since has cursed me to repay,
              Nor vilified.'

  'Ho!' cried the cynic, 'lead me to him straight --
      With veneration I am overcome,
  And fain would have his blessing.'  'Sad your fate --
  He cannot bless you, for AI grieve to state
              This man is dumb.'

Ariel Selp

Devil's Dictionarydefinition from:
The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911


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