grudge

verb
\ ˈgrəj \
grudged; grudging

Definition of grudge 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to be unwilling to give or admit : give or allow reluctantly or resentfully didn't grudge the time

grudge

noun

Definition of grudge (Entry 2 of 2)

: a feeling of deep-seated resentment or ill will held no grudge against those who mistreated him

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Other words from grudge

Verb

grudger noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for grudge

Synonyms: Noun

animosity, animus, antagonism, antipathy, bad blood, bitterness, enmity, gall, hostility, jaundice, rancor

Antonyms: Noun

amity

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Noun

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

Examples of grudge in a Sentence

Verb

I don't grudge paying my share. I don't grudge her the opportunities she has been given.

Noun

She still has a grudge against him for the way he treated her in school. He has nursed a grudge against his former boss for years. I don't bear him any grudges.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

At the heart of the story is the relationship between Josh, who is white, and Jay, which evolves, in the course of the film's slow burn, from mistrust to grudging respect. Michael O'sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "'Goldstone' review: Good and evil face off in noirish Aussie Western," 4 Apr. 2018 New Democracy, which is leading in polls ahead of elections expected by next year, gives Syriza grudging credit for overseeing the start of an economic rebound. Washington Post, "Battered for a decade, Greece feels an unexpected whiff of revival as Europe gains strength," 8 Mar. 2018 The review of the dinner was a little more ambiguous and, perhaps, grudging in its praise. David Zurawik, baltimoresun.com, "Melania Trump gets good reviews from some of same media outlets her husband calls lying and hateful," 25 Apr. 2018 But while most of America was harboring its anti-Canada grudges only in its dreams overnight Thursday, a couple of things happened. Matt Bonesteel, Anchorage Daily News, "Commentary: For 6 glorious hours, the United States owned Canada like a Tim Hortons franchisee," 23 Feb. 2018 But while most of America was harboring its anti-Canada grudges only in its dreams overnight Thursday, a couple of things happened. Matt Bonesteel, Anchorage Daily News, "Commentary: For 6 glorious hours, the United States owned Canada like a Tim Hortons franchisee," 23 Feb. 2018 But while most of America was harboring its anti-Canada grudges only in its dreams overnight Thursday, a couple of things happened. Matt Bonesteel, Anchorage Daily News, "Commentary: For 6 glorious hours, the United States owned Canada like a Tim Hortons franchisee," 23 Feb. 2018 The themes of redemption and forgiveness are both timely and timeless, but the connecting narrative proves a tad episodic, and the erosion of ill feelings and grudging respect, however admirable, doesn't feel entirely earned. Brian Lowry, CNN, "Christian Bale saddles up for earnest 'Hostiles'," 25 Jan. 2018 But while most of America was harboring its anti-Canada grudges only in its dreams overnight Thursday, a couple of things happened. Matt Bonesteel, Anchorage Daily News, "Commentary: For 6 glorious hours, the United States owned Canada like a Tim Hortons franchisee," 23 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

McNamara and four of his colleagues were killed on June 28 when police said a gunman with a grudge against the newspaper blasted his way into the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis. David Ginsburg, The Seattle Times, "Capital Gazette writer McNamara ‘always fair in his writing’," 10 July 2018 Police say gunman Jarrod Ramos, who had a grudge against the newspaper, blasted his way into the Annapolis newsroom on June 28, killing John McNamara, Wendi Winters, Rob Hiaasen, Rebecca Smith, and Gerald Fischman. Mesfin Fekadu, BostonGlobe.com, "Good Charlotte to headline benefit concert for 5 slain," 12 July 2018 Police say gunman Jarrod Ramos, who had a grudge against the newspaper, blasted his way into the Annapolis newsroom on June 28, killing John McNamara, Wendi Winters, Rob Hiaasen, Rebecca Smith and Gerald Fischman. Washington Post, "Good Charlotte to headline benefit concert for 5 slain," 11 July 2018 Winters and four of her colleagues were shot to death by a gunman who had a grudge against the newspaper and blasted his way into the Capital Gazette's newsroom with a shotgun, authorities said. Brian Witte, Fox News, "Slain journalist remembered for her commitment to community," 7 July 2018 The suspect in the attack had a longtime grudge against Capital Gazette Communications. Jaclyn Peiser, New York Times, "A Moment of Silence and Reporting Help for The Capital Gazette," 5 July 2018 Police said Jarrod Ramos had a personal grudge against the newspaper. Kristine Phillips, The Seattle Times, "TV station abruptly cancels its newscasts when intruder walks into newsroom," 2 July 2018 According to multiple reports, the suspect, 38, had a long-standing grudge against the paper and had once filed a defamation suit against the paper that was dismissed. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "5 Fatal Victims of Maryland Newsroom Shooting Identified as Reporters and Sales Assistant," 29 June 2018 But when an extinction-level event is bearing down on the planet, who’s going to hold a grudge over a steel tariff? John Patrick Pullen, Fortune, "Here's How NASA Plans to Protect Earth From Giant Asteroids Hurtling Through Space," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of grudge

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for grudge

Verb

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

Noun

see grudge entry 1

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The first known use of grudge was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for grudge

grudge

verb

English Language Learners Definition of grudge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

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

grudge

noun

English Language Learners Definition of grudge (Entry 2 of 2)

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

grudge

verb
\ ˈgrəj \
grudged; grudging

Kids Definition of grudge

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grudge

noun

Kids Definition of grudge (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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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