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Examples of grudging in a Sentence
Her theories have begun to win grudging acceptance in the scientific community.
He has earned the grudging admiration of his rivals.
Recent Examples of grudging from the Web
But the grudging reset facing McConnell’s health-care bill suggests that, at least for now, too many Senate Republicans are not willing to test that proposition.
But just by the irritating fact of its existence, the suit — along with the broader ethical scrutiny that has fallen on the Trump Organization — has forced the private company to make some grudging concessions.
But Fallon gained a grudging appreciation for Comey’s performance skills.
And locals will say that in a grudging way, so as not to unduly raise people's hopes.
Others don't share even McCarthy's grudging enthusiasm, however.
And there is the capacity and (sometimes grudging) willingness of big banks to let customers give fintech apps access to customers’ financial data.
Now the question will be whether Macron can seize the moment and convert grudging support into enthusiastic backing.
The speed with which Donald Trump flipped from promising to leave Bashar al-Assad alone to launching a missile strike against the Syrian dictator sent heads spinning across the globe, turning hawkish critics into his grudging supporters.
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Did You Know?
More than five hundred years have passed since English jurist Sir John Fortescue observed, "Somme . . . obtayne gretter rewardis than thei have disserved, and yit grugge, seying they have [too] litill." Fortescue's "grugge" (an early spelling of the verb grudge) meant "to grumble and complain," just like its Middle English forerunner, "grucchen," and the Anglo-French word grucer, which gave rise to the English forms. English speakers had adopted the "complaining" sense of "grudge" by the late 1400s, and by 1500 they had added the extended sense "reluctant." That second sense may have developed because people associated "grudge" with the related word begrudge (meaning "to give reluctantly"). "Grudging," which developed from "grudge," made its English debut around 1533.
GRUDGING Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of grudging for English Language Learners
: said, done, or given in an unwilling or doubtful way
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