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Appreciation may refer to:

appreciation n 1: understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something; "he has a good grasp of accounting practices" [syn: {grasp}, {hold}] 2: delicate discrimination (especially of aesthetic values); "arrogance and lack of taste contributed to his rapid success"; "to ask at that particular time was the ultimate in bad taste" [syn: {taste}, {discernment}, {perceptiveness}] 3: an expression of gratitude; "he expressed his appreciation in a short note" 4: a favorable judgment; "a small token in admiration of your works" [syn: {admiration}] 5: an increase in price or value; "an appreciation of 30% in the value of real estate" [ant: {depreciation}]

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Appreciation \Ap*pre`ci*a"tion\, n. [Cf. F. appr['e]ciation.] 1. A just valuation or estimate of merit, worth, weight, etc.; recognition of excellence. [1913 Webster] 2. Accurate perception; true estimation; as, an appreciation of the difficulties before us; an appreciation of colors. [1913 Webster] His foreboding showed his appreciation of Henry's character. --J. R. Green. [1913 Webster] 3. A rise in value; -- opposed to {depreciation}. [1913 Webster]


Gratitude, thankfulness, gratefulness, or appreciation is a feeling or attitude in acknowledgment of a benefit that one has received or will receive.

gratitude n : a feeling of thankfulness and appreciation; "he was overwhelmed with gratitude for their help" [ant: {ingratitude}]

Gratitude \Grat"i*tude\, n. [F. gratitude, LL. gratitudo, from gratus agreeable, grateful. See {Grate}, a.] The state of being grateful; warm and friendly feeling toward a benefactor; kindness awakened by a favor received; thankfulness. [1913 Webster] The debt immense of endless gratitude. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Data Sources:

  • appreciation: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • appreciation: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • appreciation: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • gratitude: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • gratitude: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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