gratitude (n.) mid-15c., "good will," from M.Fr. gratitude (15c.) or directly from M.L. gratitudinem (nom. gratitudo) "thankfulness," from L. gratus "thankful, pleasing" (see GRACE (Cf. grace)). Meaning "thankfulness" is from 1560s.

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