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grudge

verb \ ˈgrəj \
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

Definition of grudge

grudged; grudging
transitive verb
: 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.

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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


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grudge

noun

Definition of grudge

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

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.

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Origin and Etymology of grudge

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


GRUDGE Defined for English Language Learners

grudge

verb

Definition of grudge for English Language Learners

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

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


grudge

noun

Definition of grudge for English Language Learners

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


GRUDGE Defined for Kids

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grudge

verb \ ˈgrəj \

Definition of grudge for Students

grudged; grudging

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grudge

noun

Definition of grudge for Students

: 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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