grudge

verb
\ ˈgrəj How to pronounce grudge (audio) \
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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Verb

grudger noun

Synonyms for grudge

Synonyms: Noun

down [chiefly British], grievance, resentment, score

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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

No reasonable person grudges Pakistanis their right to revere Muhammad. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "Pakistani Prior Restraint in Holland," 6 Sep. 2018 Still, the chaos in surrounding states seem to resign most Saudis to grudging patience with their prince. Karen Elliott House, WSJ, "Where Is Crown Prince Mohammed?," 11 Feb. 2019 Familiarity and the passage of time may breed a certain kind of acquiescence, even grudging acceptance. Lance Morrow, WSJ, "We’ve Grown Accustomed to Trump," 17 Oct. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

According to multiple reports, Ramos held a grudge against the paper for its reporting and went so far as to barricade its back door to prevent people from escaping during his attack. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Facial Recognition Used to Identify Capital Gazette Shooting Suspect," 29 June 2018 But that seems as far as Wickens will go in holding a grudge against Rossi. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Wickens: 'There’s a common denominator with these incidents. It’s always Alexander Rossi'," 24 June 2018 The next day everyone flew back to Heathrow on separate flights, clutching gallon jugs of olive oil from the estate and nursing burgeoning grudges. Janine Di Giovanni, Town & Country, "Is Brexit Ruining London Dinner Parties?," 25 Feb. 2019 Old grudges, bad feelings and major-league revelations come to the fore. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Four hot novels for teens to dive into this summer vacation," 3 July 2018 Don’t put the headband-wearing, grudge-holding, IQ test-smashing Oklahoma passer in a box—or even think of drafting him outside the top five. Robert Klemko, SI.com, "Baker Mayfield Doesn’t Have Time for Your No. 6 Pick," 18 Apr. 2018 Instead of carrying grudges around forever, torch them. Kimberly Dawn Neumann, Woman's Day, "How to Rekindle a Marriage, According to Experts," 27 Feb. 2019 Some swastika incidents are related to personal grudges—between neighbors, for example—more than anti-Jewish sentiment. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "How the News Became Fake," 25 Jan. 2019 Is there a secret grudge now between the two of them? Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Kaley Cuoco's 33rd Birthday Celebrations Were Ruined by Jim Parsons," 30 Nov. 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 and Noun

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

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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 How to pronounce grudge (audio) \
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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