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grudging

[gruhj-ing] /ˈgrʌdʒ ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
displaying or reflecting reluctance or unwillingness:
grudging acceptance of the victory of an opponent.
Origin
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English. See grudge, -ing2
Related forms
grudgingly, adverb

grudge

[gruhj] /grʌdʒ/
noun
1.
a feeling of ill will or resentment:
to hold a grudge against a former opponent.
adjective
2.
done, arranged, etc., in order to settle a grudge:
The middleweight fight was said to be a grudge match.
verb (used with object), grudged, grudging.
3.
to give or permit with reluctance; submit to unwillingly:
The other team grudged us every point we scored.
4.
to resent the good fortune of (another); begrudge.
verb (used without object), grudged, grudging.
5.
Obsolete. to feel dissatisfaction or ill will.
Origin
1400-50; late Middle English grudgen, gruggen, variant of gruchen < Old French gro(u)c(h)ier < Germanic; compare Middle High German grogezen to complain, cry out
Related forms
grudgeless, adjective
grudger, noun
ungrudged, adjective
Synonyms
1. bitterness, rancor, malevolence, enmity, hatred. 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. 4. envy.
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  • Boss finally measures with his own and grudging concedes you re right.
  • Yet this revulsion was often followed by critical appraisal, and then grudging and partial acceptance.
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  • The best we're likely to get is grudging indifference, except from the more fervent supporters.
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  • Librarians are supposed to be bitter spinsters, grudging, lonely.
  • Others would describe the duty to the state in grudging terms, and picture those who oppose it as moral heroes.
  • Over the years, the company has gained a grudging respect from the rest of the media world as well.
  • The teams have no shared history to speak of and hence no grudging respect for one another.
British Dictionary definitions for grudging

grudge

/ɡrʌdʒ/
noun
1.
a persistent feeling of resentment, esp one due to some cause, such as an insult or injury
2.
(modifier) planned or carried out in order to settle a grudge: a grudge fight
verb
3.
(transitive) to give or allow unwillingly
4.
to feel resentful or envious about (someone else's success, possessions, etc)
Derived Forms
grudgeless, adjective
grudger, noun
grudging, adjective
grudgingly, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Old French grouchier to grumble, probably of Germanic origin; compare Old High German grunnizōn to grunt
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Word Origin and History for grudging

grudge

v.

mid-15c., "to murmur, complain," variant of grutch. Meaning "to begrudge" is c.1500. Related: Grudged; grudges; grudging; grudgingly. The noun is mid-15c., from the verb.

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