If you tend to hold a grudge, you don't let it go when you feel someone's insulted or wronged you. I hope you won't hold a grudge against me for bringing it up.

Grudge comes from the now dead Middle English word "grutch," which meant "to complain or grumble." Someone who bears a grudge might often be grouchy. You can specify a type of grudge: political grudge, personal grudge, etc. You know Grandpa's been holding a grudge against the neighbors for years, but you have to wonder: How long can he hold that shotgun?

Definitions of grudge
  1. noun
    a resentment strong enough to justify retaliation
    “holding a grudge
    synonyms: grievance, score
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    type of:
    bitterness, gall, rancor, rancour, resentment
    a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will
  2. verb
    bear a grudge; harbor ill feelings
    synonyms: stew
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    type of:
    feel bitter or indignant about
  3. verb
    accept or admit unwillingly
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