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grudge

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verb \ˈgrəj\

Simple Definition of grudge

  • : to give, do, or allow (something) in a reluctant or unwilling way

  • : to dislike or feel angry toward (someone) for something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of grudge

grudged

grudging

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to be unwilling to give or admit :  give or allow reluctantly or resentfully <didn't grudge the time>

grudger

noun

Examples of grudge in a sentence

  1. I don't grudge paying my share.

  2. I don't grudge her the opportunities she has been given.



Origin and Etymology of grudge

Middle English grucchen, grudgen to grumble, complain, from Anglo-French grucer, grucher, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle High German grogezen to howl


First Known Use: 14th century


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grudge

noun

Simple Definition of grudge

  • : a strong feeling of anger toward someone that lasts for a long time

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of grudge

  1. :  a feeling of deep-seated resentment or ill will

Examples of grudge in a sentence

  1. She still has a grudge against him for the way he treated her in school.

  2. He has nursed a grudge against his former boss for years.

  3. I don't bear him any grudges.



15th Century

First Known Use of grudge

15th century

Synonym Discussion of grudge

malice, malevolence, ill will, spite, malignity, spleen, grudge mean the desire to see another experience pain, injury, or distress. malice implies a deep-seated often unexplainable desire to see another suffer <felt no malice toward their former enemies>. malevolence suggests a bitter persistent hatred that is likely to be expressed in malicious conduct <a look of dark malevolence>. ill will implies a feeling of antipathy of limited duration <ill will provoked by a careless remark>. spite implies petty feelings of envy and resentment that are often expressed in small harassments <petty insults inspired by spite>. malignity implies deep passion and relentlessness <a life consumed by motiveless malignity>. spleen suggests the wrathful release of latent spite or persistent malice <venting his spleen against politicians>. grudge implies a harbored feeling of resentment or ill will that seeks satisfaction <never one to harbor a grudge>.

Rhymes with grudge



GRUDGE Defined for Kids

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grudge

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verb \ˈgrəj\

Definition of grudge for Students

grudged

grudging




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grudge

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noun

Definition of grudge for Students

  1. :  a feeling of anger or dislike towards someone usually that lasts a long time <She's held a grudge against me since kindergarten.> <…Lester welcomed us kids back onto his bus without a grudge… — Ingrid Law, Savvy>





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