grudge

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

n a resentment strong enough to justify retaliation

“holding a grudge
Synonyms:
grievance, score
Type of:
bitterness, gall, rancor, rancour, resentment
a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will

v bear a grudge; harbor ill feelings

Synonyms:
stew
Type of:
resent
feel bitter or indignant about

v accept or admit unwillingly

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