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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grudger noun

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Synonyms: Noun

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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 Summing up, Nixon called for the Chinese to be bold and not grudging. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "Nixon, Now More Than Ever," 26 Nov. 2018 Instant coffee, often relegated to brownie recipes and steak rubs, is making a comeback and even winning grudging approval from connoisseurs. Los Angeles Times, "Instant coffee is back, and snobs are paying $3.25 a cup," 7 Sep. 2019 And finally, a grudging first welcome to … the new pass interference rule in the regular season. Jonathan Jones, SI.com, "Welcome Back, NFL!," 5 Sep. 2019 Smith presents a more modulated relationship of mutual if often grudging esteem and uneasy collaboration toward common objectives. Jean Edward Smith, Washington Post, "The Allies who liberated Paris, and the Nazi who saved it," 22 Aug. 2019 After initial hesitation, President Obama declared that Assad must go, but without lending more than grudging assistance to rebel groups fighting to achieve that outcome. Brian Stewart, National Review, "For Sama: A Chronicle of the Syrian Tragedy," 10 Aug. 2019 But while there is some comic nature to booing and jeers aimed at Smith, there is also grudging respect. James Masters, CNN, "Australia vs. England: England ends 27-year wait to reach World Cup final," 11 July 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On June 28th, 2018, a gunman with a long-time grudge against the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, walked into its offices and opened fire. Chip Reid, CBS News, "Wife of writer killed in Capital Gazette shooting finishes her husband's book," 5 Nov. 2019 Now, is there anyone else with a grudge that needs airing? Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Exclusive excerpt: New 'Star Wars' novel rallies the good guys before 'Rise of Skywalker'," 30 Oct. 2019 Critics of red flag laws fear angry relatives with a grudge could obtain a court order to confiscate firearms. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Second Amendment advocates warn Trump over support for "red flag" laws," 14 Aug. 2019 On June 28, 2018, a man with a grudge and a gun shot his way into the Annapolis offices of the Capital Gazette newspapers and killed five people. Chris Kaltenbach, baltimoresun.com, "Taking back control: A year later, Capital Gazette shooting survivors putting their lives, hearts back together," 28 June 2019 Damon knew how to hold a grudge, deliver an enigmatic one-liner, and wear a John Varvatos T-shirt better than anyone else in Mystic Falls (or on TV). Samantha Highfill, EW.com, "Today will be different: An oral history of The Vampire Diaries pilot," 9 Sep. 2019 Mousa Mohammad Jaber, who was killed, ran a convenience store and didn’t hold a grudge. Luke Broadwater, baltimoresun.com, "Trump compares Baltimore’s homicide rate to Afghanistan’s, using city as punch line in Ohio campaign rally," 2 Aug. 2019 Trump has foolishly decided to act as his own exclusive spokesman, putting all his prejudices, misconceptions, resentments, insecurities, grudges and fears on ugly display. Eugene Robinson, The Mercury News, "Robinson: The unhinged presidency," 25 Aug. 2019 Dad was selfless, generous and caring and was a man who had no hidden agenda, ego or grudge. courant.com, "Emanuel Shluger," 30 July 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
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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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