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

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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Time may not heal all wounds for Rockets fans, but maybe some Korean pork barbecue ribs can soothe a grudge. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "Why it doesn’t matter that Yelp trolls are slamming Ayesha Curry’s new Houston restaurant," 20 June 2018 The caves of ice, which I only do not fear, are a dwelling to me, and the only one which man does not grudge. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Poor Mary Shelley!," 23 May 2018 This year, Jesse returns to his childhood home to settle old grudges. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "All the New TV Shows You Need to Watch This Summer," 6 May 2018 With no memory of the Soviet Union, young people from both communities are often more interested in the future than the grudges of the past. The Economist, "Estonia gets creative about integrating local Russian-speakers," 10 May 2018 Investigators are now focusing on the alleged shooter's grudge against YouTube. Sarah Parvini, latimes.com, "Woman suspected of opening fire at YouTube had battled against platform," 4 Apr. 2018 Beat colleague Mark Heisler of the old Philadelphia Bulletin wrote a long story about the many grudges the players had against each other. Bill Livingston, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Cavaliers-Golden State Warriors: waiting for Part IV -- Bill Livingston," 21 Feb. 2018 Perpetrators of similar attacks in the past have been described as mentally ill or bearing grudges against society. Fox News, "Knife-wielding man kills 2 boys in Shanghai over 'revenge on society'," 28 June 2018 Having nurtured a grudge against the sexist media for years, one of Duncan’s closest advisers loses her entire moral compass. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "In Bill Clinton’s New Thriller, the Final Villain is Feminism," 8 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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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

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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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