What does grudge mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. grudge, score, grievanceverb

    a resentment strong enough to justify retaliation

    "holding a grudge"; "settling a score"

  2. stew, grudgeverb

    bear a grudge; harbor ill feelings

  3. grudgeverb

    accept or admit unwillingly


  1. grudgenoun

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

  2. grudgeverb

    To grumble, complain; to be dissatisfied.

  3. grudgeverb

    To be unwilling to give or allow (someone something).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Grudgenoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Many countries about her were full of wars, which, for old grudges to Corinth, were thought still would conclude there. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    Two housholds, both alike in dignity,
    From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
    Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. William Shakespeare.

    Let me go in to see the generals:
    There is some grudge between ’em; ’tis not meet
    They be alone. William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.

    Deep-fester’d hate;
    A grudge in both, time out of mind, begun,
    And mutually bequeath’d from sire to son. Nahum Tate, Juvenal.

    The god of wit, to shew his grudge,
    Clapt ass’s ears upon the judge. Jonathan Swift.

    Those to whom you have
    With grudge preferr’d me. Ben Jonson, Catiline.

  2. To GRUDGEverb

    Etymology: from gruger, according to Stephen Skinner, which in French is to grind or eat. In this sense we say of one who resents any thing secretly, he chews it. Grwgnach, in Welsh, is to murmur; to grumble. Grunigh, in Scotland, denotes a grumbling morose countenance.

    What means this banishing me from your counsels? Do you love your sorrow so well, as to grudge me part of it? Philip Sidney.

    ’Tis not in thee
    To grudge my pleasures, to cut off my train. William Shakespeare, K. Lear.

    He struggles into birth, and cries for aid;
    Then helpless in his mother’s lap is laid:
    He creeps, he walks; and, issuing into man,
    Grudges their life from whence his own began. Dryden.

    These clamours with disdain he heard,
    Much grudg’d the praise, but more the rob’d reward. Dryd.

    Do not, as some men, run upon the tilt, and taste of the sediments of a grudging uncommunicative disposition. Spectat.

    Let us consider the ample provision of waters, those inexhausted treasures of the ocean; and though some have grudged the great share that it takes of the surface of the earth, yet we shall propose this too, as a conspicuous mark and character of the wisdom of God. Richard Bentley, Sermons.

    I have often heard the Presbyterians say they did not grudge us our employments. Jonathan Swift.

    Let me at least a funeral marriage crave,
    Nor grudge my cold embraces in the grave. John Dryden, Aurengz.

    You steer betwixt the country and the court,
    Nor gratify whate’er the great desire,
    Nor grudging give what publick needs require. John Dryden, Fab.

    They have grudged those contributions, which have set our country at the head of all the governments of Europe. Addison.

  3. To Grudgeverb

    They knew the force of that dreadful curse, whereunto idolatry maketh subject; nor is there cause why the guilty sustaining the same should grudge or complain of injustice. Hook.

    Many times they go with as great grudging to serve in his majesty’s ships, as if it were to be slaves in the gallies. Walter Raleigh.

    Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned. Ja. v. 9.

    E’en in the most sincere advice he gave,
    He had a grudging still to be a knave. John Dryden, Medal.

    My Dolabella,
    Hast thou not still some grudgings of thy fever? Dryden.


  1. grudge

    A grudge is a persistent feeling of resentment or ill will towards someone, often due to a past insult or injury. It involves holding onto feelings of bitterness or anger against someone for a perceived wrong or injustice, sometimes leading to a refusal to forgive or reconcile.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Grudgeverb

    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. Grudgeverb

    to hold or harbor with malicioua disposition or purpose; to cherish enviously

  3. Grudgeverb

    to be covetous or envious; to show discontent; to murmur; to complain; to repine; to be unwilling or reluctant

  4. Grudgeverb

    to feel compunction or grief

  5. Grudgenoun

    sullen malice or malevolence; cherished malice, enmity, or dislike; ill will; an old cause of hatred or quarrel

  6. Grudgenoun

    slight symptom of disease

  7. Etymology: [OE. grutchen, gruchen, grochen, to murmur, grumble, OF. grochier, grouchier, grocier, groucier; cf. Icel. krytja to murmur, krutr a murmur, or E. grunt.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Grudge

    gruj, v.t. to murmur at: to look upon with envy: to give or take unwillingly.—v.i. to show discontent.—n. secret enmity or envy: an old cause of quarrel.—adjs. Grudge′ful (Spens.), full of grudge, envious; Grudg′ing, given to grudge.—adv. Grudg′ingly, unwillingly. [M. E. grochen, grucchen—O. Fr. grocer, groucer, from an imitative root seen in Gr. gry, the grunt of a pig; also in growl, grunt.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of grudge in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of grudge in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of grudge in a Sentence

  1. Sok Eysan:

    Brad Adam has had anger and grudge against the CPP for a long time.

  2. Albert Einstein:

    The fanatical atheists...are like slaves who are still feeling the weight of their chains which they have thrown off after hard struggle. They are creatures who—in their grudge against the traditional 'opium of the people'—cannot bear the music of the spheres.

  3. Maria Martinez:

    The Lord Jesus Christ is a part of my life, and there's no grudges. People are human people do make mistakes. but what touches me is when the DA got behind me and stamped me... and proved me innocent -- so what grudge ?

  4. Rand Paul:

    There are always going to be people who have chosen other candidates or who for one reason or another hold a grudge. But I think really with both A.J. and (Paul's other Iowa adviser, Steve Grubbs) there's a broad reach to a broad swath to the party.

  5. Tetsuya Yamagami:

    I had a grudge against a particular religious group, and I thought Shinzo Abe had a close relationship with this group, my mother got into a group and made a large donation and my family life was messed up.

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