• WordNet 3.6
    • v grudge accept or admit unwillingly
    • v grudge bear a grudge; harbor ill feelings
    • n grudge a resentment strong enough to justify retaliation "holding a grudge","settling a score"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Grudge Slight symptom of disease. "Our shaken monarchy, that now lies . . . struggling against the grudges of more dreaded calamities."
    • Grudge 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 enmity against his brother Jacob.""The feeling may not be envy; it may not be imbittered by a grudge ."
    • Grudge To be covetous or envious; to show discontent; to murmur; to complain; to repine; to be unwilling or reluctant. "Grudge not one against another.""He eats his meat without grudging ."
    • Grudge To feel compunction or grief.
    • Grudge To hold or harbor with malicious disposition or purpose; to cherish enviously. "Perish they
      That grudge one thought against your majesty !"
    • Grudge 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. "Tis not in thee To grudge my pleasures, to cut off my train.""I have often heard the Presbyterians say, they did not grudge us our employments.""They have grudged us contribution."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • grudge To be unwilling or reluctant.
    • grudge To cherish ill-will; bear a grudge.
    • grudge To be sorry; grieve.
    • grudge To murmur; grumble.
    • grudge To envy; wish to deprive of something.
    • grudge To give or permit with reluctance; grant or submit to unwillingly; begrudge.
    • grudge To entertain by way of grudge.
    • n grudge Ill-will excited by some special cause, as a personal injury or insult, successful rivalry, etc.; secret enmity; spite.
    • n grudge Unwillingness; reluctance.
    • n grudge Synonyms Animosity, Ill-will, Enmity, etc. See animosity.
    • grudge To crumble; crunch.
    • grudge To squeeze; press down.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Grudge gruj to murmur at: to look upon with envy: to give or take unwillingly
    • v.i Grudge to show discontent
    • n Grudge secret enmity or envy: an old cause of quarrel
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  • Bible
    “Let each one do just as he has purposed in his heart; not grudgingly or under compulsion; for God loves a cheerful giver. [2 Corinthians 9:7]”
  • Buddy Hackett
    Buddy Hackett
    “I've had a few arguments with people, but I never carry a grudge. You know why? While you're carrying a grudge, they're out dancing.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Heaviest thing to carry -- a grudge”
  • Hesiod
    “Potter is jealous of potter, and craftsman of craftsman; and the poor have a grudge against the poor, and the poet against the poet.”
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley
    “The Galilean is not a favorite of mine. So far from owing him any thanks for his favor, I cannot avoid confessing that I owe a secret grudge to his carpentership.”
  • Bob Dylan
    “In ceremonies of the horsemen, even the pawn must hold a grudge.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. grutchen, gruchen, grochen, to murmur, grumble, OF. grochier, grouchier, grocier, groucier,; cf. Icel. krytja, to murmur, krutr, a murmur, or E. grunt,


In literature:

I do not grudge Vitellius his brother, or wife, or children.
"Tacitus: The Histories, Volumes I and II" by Caius Cornelius Tacitus
I held no grudge at Jack Beaudry.
"The Sheriff's Son" by William MacLeod Raine
You don't grudge me just a bit of supper, do you?
"More William" by Richmal Crompton
I have often grudged it.
"The Guinea Stamp" by Annie S. Swan
They had always borne a grudge against it; not that it ever did them harm; but because it seemed so insolent.
"Lorna Doone" by R. D. Blackmore
It ain't you nor me that ought to grudge her fortune to her, nor wish her where she might have been otherwise.
"The Portion of Labor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Somehow he felt no grudge against this man, no jealousy.
"The Hidden Places" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
Both had a grudge against Sharp.
"Claverhouse" by Mowbray Morris
But she did yield her a grudging admiration, for her self-control in the shipwreck of all her hopes.
"The Land of Promise" by D. Torbett
Still, I've known monkeys that would fight an' was human enough to settle a grudge.
"Captain Scraggs" by Peter B. Kyne

In poetry:

And when the grudging days restored
Him for a breath to home,
He, with fresh crowds of youth, adored
Thee making mirth in Rome.
"A Recantation" by Rudyard Kipling
Then grudge not thou the anguish keen
Which makes thee like thy LORD,
And learn to quit with eye serene
Thy youth's ideal hoard.
"St. Philip And St. James" by John Keble
In those who give you grudging aid
These days, may we the spirits see
Who for the love of men would raid
The strongholds of iniquity?
"To A Politician" by Edward Dyson
"If you and I should but agree
To settle here for good and all,
Could you give all your heart to me,
And grudge that poor old rogue a stall?
"Abner And The Widow Jones" by Robert Bloomfield
Her father incessantly lashed her,
On water and bread
She was grudgingly fed;
Whenever her father he thrashed her
Her mother sat down on her head.
"Sir Guy the Crusader" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Oh how dark your villa was,
Windows fast and obdurate!
How the garden grudged me grass
Where I stood—-the iron gate
Ground its teeth to let me pass!
"A Serenade At The Villa" by Robert Browning

In news:

Packers' Aaron Rodgers still carries grudge .
AFC Wimbledon to play ultimate grudge match against MK Dons in 2nd round of FA Cup.
Colby Rasmus can hold a grudge .
"No grudge " with Bautista.
Germany's quarterfinal clash with Greece has been labeled the ultimate grudge match, given the ongoing Eurozone crisis.
Ericsson Pleads Guilty In Old Grudge Death.
Zakuani holds no grudge against Mullan.
'Entourage' Creator Doug Ellin to Rewrite Warner Bros Comedy ' Grudge Match' (Exclusive).
Colorado legislator nurses old grudge against justice.
Not holding a grudge about contract renewal.
Catcher Matt Wieters said he would not hold a grudge after the Orioles unilaterally renewed his contract on Saturday.
Hornets sting FMS Rockets in grudge match.
She still harbors a grudge towards the Nixon administration.
Capitals' grudge with Rene Bourque not over.
She invents slights for motivation and was carrying a grudge against some of the Brazilian women she knew from her professional league.