Definition of Grudge

1. Noun. A resentment strong enough to justify retaliation. "Settling a score"

Exact synonyms: Grievance, Score
Generic synonyms: Bitterness, Gall, Rancor, Rancour, Resentment



2. Verb. Bear a grudge; harbor ill feelings.
Exact synonyms: Stew
Generic synonyms: Resent

3. Verb. Accept or admit unwillingly.
Entails: Resent

Definition of Grudge

1. v. t. To look upon with desire to possess or to appropriate; to envy (one) the possession of; to begrudge; to covet; to give with reluctance; to desire to get back again; -- followed by the direct object only, or by both the direct and indirect objects.

2. v. i. To be covetous or envious; to show discontent; to murmur; to complain; to repine; to be unwilling or reluctant.

3. n. Sullen malice or malevolence; cherished malice, enmity, or dislike; ill will; an old cause of hatred or quarrel.

Definition of Grudge

1. Noun. Deep-seated animosity or ill-feeling about something or someone. ¹

2. Verb. (obsolete) To grumble, complain; to be dissatisfied. (defdate 15th-18th c.) ¹

3. Verb. To be unwilling to give or allow (someone something). (defdate from 16th c.) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Grudge

1. to be unwilling to give or admit [v GRUDGED, GRUDGING, GRUDGES]

Medical Definition of Grudge

1. 1. Sullen malice or malevolence; cherished malice, enmity, or dislike; ill will; an old cause of hatred or quarrel. "Esau had conceived a mortal grudge and eumity against hie brother Jacob." (South) "The feeling may not be envy; it may not be imbittered by a grudge." (I. Taylor) 2. Slight symptom of disease. "Our shaken monarchy, that now lies . . . Struggling againat the grudges of more dreaded calamities." (Milton) Synonym: Pique, aversion, dislike, ill will, hatred, spite. See Pique. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Grudge

grubby
grublike
grubs
grubstake
grubstaked
grubstaker
grubstakers
grubstakes
grubstaking
grubworm
grubworms
grucche
grucched
grucches
grucching
grudge (current term)
grudge match
grudge matches
grudged
grudgeful
grudger
grudgeries
grudgers
grudgery
grudges
grudging
grudgingly
grudgingness
grudgings
gruds

Literary usage of Grudge

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1889)
"Forwhich cause presbyters must not grudge to continue subject unto their bishops. ... To entertain by way of grudge. Perish they That grudge one thought ..."

2. The Library of Literary Criticism of English and American Authors by Charles Wells Moulton (1904)
"No one will grudge to the memory either of Mr. Kingsley or of Lord St. Leonards the full recognition which they have met with; but the most truly original ..."

3. The Works of Oscar Wilde by Oscar Wilde, Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly (1909)
"... brows the laurels are still green would not grudge a little room to those the green of whose laurels is withered and the music of whose lyres is mute. ..."

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