GRAT'ITUDE, n. [L. gratitudo, from gratus, pleasing. See Grace.]
1. An emotion of the heart,
excited by a favor or benefit received; a sentiment of kindness or good will towards a benefactor; thankfulness.
2. Gratitude is an agreeable emotion,
consisting in or accompanied with good will to a benefactor, and a disposition to make a suitable return of benefits or services, or when no return can be made, with a desire to see the benefactor prosperous and happy.
3. Gratitude is a virtue of the highest excellence,
as it implies a feeling and generous heart, and a proper sense of duty.
The love of God is the sublimest gratitude.
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