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[ gruhj-ing ]


  1. displaying or reflecting reluctance or unwillingness:

    grudging acceptance of the victory of an opponent.

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  • grudg·ing·ly adverb
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Word History and Origins

Origin of grudging1

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English; grudge, -ing 2
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Example Sentences

It’s his commitment to her, the imperfect bride, and his circle of friends’ grudging choice to accept her, that makes this ending a happy one.

Grant called Lee’s actions “forced acquiescence” that was “grudging and pernicious.”

Even my husband tolerates it with grudging acceptance, because none of the feared e-bike behavior has come to pass.

Great effort and time has produced grudging improvements in quality of life, but the sickness defies a cure.

He even seemed on his way to prevailing as the uproar died down and outrage sputtered into grudging acceptance.

The result was grudging bipartisan support from members of both parties.

Instead of great leaps forward, it tends to move haltingly in grudging increments.

Thanks to the grudging support of voters like Rashed, Morsi won the presidency with 51.7 percent of the vote.

The ancient grudging selfishness that would not feed other people's children should be cast out.

I, with grudging meekness and a prayer for another five minutes devoted to the deglutition of another liqueur brandy, acquiesced.

Every possible hand that could swing a pick or jam a crowbar against grudging ice would be needed up there.

After offering enough opposition to make the favour seem great I give a grudging consent and the chores go through with a rush.

Hearing his voice and not seeing him, you thought of a pure spring that gushes suddenly out of the dark and grudging earth.