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Origin of grudge

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English grudgen, gruggen, variant of gruchen, from Old French gro(u)c(h)ier, from Germanic; compare Middle High German grogezen “to complain, cry out”

synonym study for grudge

1. Grudge, malice, spite refer to ill will held against another or others. A grudge is a feeling of resentment harbored because of some real or fancied wrong: to hold a grudge because of jealousy; She has a grudge against him. Malice is the state of mind that delights in doing harm, or seeing harm done, to others, whether expressing itself in an attempt seriously to injure or merely in sardonic humor: malice in watching someone's embarrassment; to tell lies about someone out of malice. Spite is petty, and often sudden, resentment that manifests itself usually in trifling retaliations: to reveal a secret out of spite.

OTHER WORDS FROM grudge

grudgeless, adjectivegrudger, nounun·grudged, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for grudge

grudge
/ (ɡrʌdʒ) /

noun

a persistent feeling of resentment, esp one due to some cause, such as an insult or injury
(modifier) planned or carried out in order to settle a grudgea grudge fight

verb

(tr) to give or allow unwillingly
to feel resentful or envious about (someone else's success, possessions, etc)

Derived forms of grudge

grudgeless, adjectivegrudger, noungrudging, adjectivegrudgingly, adverb

Word Origin for grudge

C15: from Old French grouchier to grumble, probably of Germanic origin; compare Old High German grunnizōn to grunt
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Idioms and Phrases with grudge

grudge

see bear a grudge; nurse a grudge.

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