AskDefine | Define grudge

Dictionary Definition

grudge n : a resentment strong enough to justify retaliation; "holding a grudge"; "settling a score" [syn: score, grievance]


1 bear a grudge; harbor ill feelings [syn: stew]
2 accept or admit unwillingly

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /gɹʌdʒ/, /grVdZ/


  1. Deep-seated anger towards someone or about something.
    to hold a grudge against someone
    to have a grudge against someone
    to bear a grudge against someone
    • 1607, Barnabe Barnes, THE DIVILS CHARTER: A TRAGÆDIE Conteining the Life and Death of Pope Alexander the ſixt, ACTVS. 5, SCÆ. 1:
      Bag. And if I do not my good Lord damme me for it
      I haue an old grudge at him cole black curre,
      He ſhall haue two ſteele bullets ſtrongly charg’d
    • 1879, Henry James, The American, Rinehart, page 288:
      I have never mentioned it to a human creature ; I have kept my grudge to myself. I daresay I have been wicked, but my grudge has grown old with me.
    • 2001, H. Rider Haggard, All Adventure: Child of Storm/a Tale of Three Lions, Essential Library (xLibris), page 274:
      It is towards Saduko that he bears a grudge, for you know, my father, one should never pull a drowning man out of the stream—which is what Saduko did, for had it not been for his treachery, Cetewayo would have sunk beneath the water of Death—especially if it is only to spite a woman who hates him.


  • Danish: nag, uvilje
  • Finnish: kauna
  • German: Groll, Neid
  • Romanian: invidie
  • Italian: rancore, risentimento
  • Serbian: pizma
  • Spanish: rencor

Derived terms

Related terms


  1. To be unwilling to give or allow.
    I do not grudge him his success.
    His cruel master grudged him even the food he ate.
    I grudge paying ten pounds for a bottle of wine which isn't worth five pounds.
    • 1608, Henrie Gosson, The Woefull and Lamentable wast and spoile done by a suddaine Fire in S. Edmonds-bury in Suffolke, on Munday the tenth of Aprill. 1608., reprinted by F. Pawsey, Old Butter Market, Ipswich, 1845, page 6:
      Wee shall finde our whole life so necessarily ioyned with sorrow, that we ought rather delight (and take pleasure) in Gods louing chastisements, and admonitions, then any way murmure and grudge at our crosses, or tribulations :
    • 1841, Edmund Burke, The Annual Register, Rivingtons, page 430:
      If we of the central land were to grudge you what is beneficial, and not to compassionate your wants, then wherewithal could you foreigners manage to exist?
    • 2001, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Army Life in a Black Regiment, Digital Scanning Inc, page 62:
      Of course, his interest in the war and in the regiment was unbounded; he did not take to drill with especial readiness, but was insatiable of it, and grudged every moment of relaxation.


Derived terms

Extensive Definition

Grudge may refer to:
The Grudge 2, 2006 film
The Grudge 3, upcoming 2008 film
Ju-on: The Grudge 2, an August 2003 film
Ju-on: The Grudge 3, upcoming 2008 film

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

animosity, animus, antipathy, aversion, balk at, be unwilling, begrudge, bitterness, bone to pick, cast envious eyes, close the hand, covet, crow to pick, crow to pluck, deny, despite, dislike, enmity, envy, famish, grievance, hard feelings, hatred, hold back, ill will, injury, injustice, live upon nothing, malevolence, malice, maliciousness, malignancy, malignity, mind, not care to, not feel like, object to, peeve, pet peeve, pinch, pinch pennies, pique, rancor, refuse, resent, resentment, scamp, scant, screw, scrimp, skimp, spite, spitefulness, spleen, starve, stint, venom, withhold, would rather not
Privacy Policy, About Us, Terms and Conditions, Contact Us
Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2
Material from Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Dict
Valid HTML 4.01 Strict, Valid CSS Level 2.1