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Definition of Thankless


  1. Not acknowledging favors; not expressing thankfulness; unthankful; ungrateful.
  2. Not obtaining or deserving thanks; unacceptable; as, a thankless task.

Thankless Quotations

How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child!
William Shakespeare

I have no ambition to govern men; it is a painful and thankless office.
Thomas Jefferson

Prolonged, indiscriminate reviewing of books is a quite exceptionally thankless, irritating and exhausting job. It not only involves praising trash but constantly inventing reactions towards books about which one has no spontaneous feeling whatever.
George Orwell

Teachers are sort of faced with a thankless task, because no matter how good they are, unless they find a way to personally rationalize the rewards of their effort, nobody else is really going to do it for them en masse.
Julius Erving

L.A. is full of screenwriters. I don't know why. On many levels, it's such a thankless occupation.
Nick Cave
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Thankless Translations

thankless in German is undankbar
thankless in Italian is ingrato
thankless in Spanish is ingrato, desagradecido

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