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grudging

[gruhj-ing]
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  1. displaying or reflecting reluctance or unwillingness: grudging acceptance of the victory of an opponent.
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Origin of grudging

1375–1425; late Middle English. See grudge, -ing2
Related formsgrudg·ing·ly, adverb
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Related Words

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  • "Well, I'm glad you got some sense," answered the old man, grudgingly.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • I say grudgingly, because Roland didn't like the new partner, and had said so from the first.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • Grudgingly the president admitted the point, and the question was repeated.

    The Snare

    Rafael Sabatini

  • I understood Mahomed grudgingly granted them a half-soul, and that only conditionally.

    The Prodigal Returns

    Lilian Staveley

  • They own it, not grudgingly or of necessity, but cheerfully.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)