1. Sullen malice or malevolence; cherished malice, enmity, or dislike; ill will; an old cause of hatred or quarrel. "Esau had conceived a mortal grudge and eumity against hie brother Jacob." (South) "The feeling may not be envy; it may not be imbittered by a grudge." (I. Taylor)

2. Slight symptom of disease. "Our shaken monarchy, that now lies . . . Struggling againat the grudges of more dreaded calamities." (Milton)

Synonyms: Pique, aversion, dislike, ill will, hatred, spite. See Pique.

(01 Mar 1998)

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