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

Other critics also gave Trump high marks, though some were grudging. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "'He can be a statesman': Trump's Normandy speech well-received by critics, Scarborough says, 'I hope he means it'," 6 June 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Here are more things to know about UFC 239: SHUT HIM UP: The biggest personal grudge on the card is between unbeaten welterweight Ben Askren and veteran challenger Jorge Masvidal. Greg Beacham, The Denver Post, "The best ever? Jon Jones, Amanda Nunes could make cases at UFC 239.," 5 July 2019 However, the Oklahoma City Thunder guard has held a grudge against columnist Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman for years, refusing to answer his questions or, at most, giving short, one-sentence answers. USA TODAY, "Sports figures vs. reporters: Top confrontations, from Billy Martin to Russell Westbrook," 25 June 2019 The historical record is pretty persuasive at this point: Voters don’t hold grudges against the party that shut down the government. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Why the blame game over the government shutdown is pointless," 21 Dec. 2018 Ramos held a long-standing grudge against the paper. Ian Duncan, baltimoresun.com, "Capital Gazette suspect allegedly mailed threatening letters before Thursday's shooting," 2 July 2018 The Jigsaw case study has at least proven one point: The incendiary power of a disinformation campaign is now accessible to anyone with a few hundred dollars to spare, from a government to a tech company to a random individual with a grudge. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, "Alphabet-Owned Jigsaw Bought a Russian Troll Campaign as an Experiment," 12 June 2019 One thing for certain: When Durant left Oklahoma City, after eight years of distinguished service, the fans didn’t forgive him — and for many, the grudge remains. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "The Warriors fall, and the Western Conference rises from hibernation," 14 June 2019 It was seen as something of a grudge match by their opposition, and this told when China broke Swedish hearts and knocked the hosts out on penalties. SI.com, "2019 Women's World Cup: How Every Host Nation Has Performed at Previous Tournaments," 6 June 2019 The Americans haven’t beaten Sweden in a major tournament since 2007, and have had an especially deep grudge since the infamous meeting in the 2016 Olympics. Jonathan Tannenwald, https://www.inquirer.com, "Women’s World Cup 2019: 11 players to watch beyond the United States," 6 June 2019

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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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