What is another word for grudging?

Pronunciation: [ɡɹˈʌd͡ʒɪŋ] (IPA)

Grudging refers to something that is done reluctantly or with hesitation. It can be an emotion or an action. Some of the synonyms for grudging include begrudging, unwilling, hesitant, resistant, and unenthusiastic. Begrudging refers to doing something unwillingly, usually accompanied by resentment. Unwilling is a synonym that implies a lack of desire. Hesitant refers to a lack of confidence or uncertainty. Resistant means being unwilling to accept something or being against it. Lastly, unenthusiastic means without enthusiasm, interest or energy. All these synonyms for grudging can be used depending on the context, to convey a similar meaning of something that is done with reluctance or hesitation.

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A hypernym is a word with a broad meaning that encompasses more specific words called hyponyms.

What are the opposite words for grudging?

The word 'grudging' can be defined as an unwilling or reluctant act. Some antonyms of 'grudging' are generous, enthusiastic, willing, and eager. A person exhibiting generosity does not hesitate in giving, but does so willingly with no complaint or reservation. Enthusiasm suggests an ardent and excited interest in the given activity. Being willing conveys a readiness to undertake the task without any hesitation. Eager describes a feeling of enthusiasm or eagerness, like a child who is eager to open their birthday presents. All these antonyms depict a positive and proactive attitude and are the opposite of the negative and passive sense of 'grudging.

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Usage examples for Grudging

He had not a shadow of right to the grudging sense of having something that should have been his snatched away from him.
"The Locusts' Years"
Mary Helen Fee
He did it with grudging humility; but there was no breaking the barrier of Conal's reserve.
"The Pioneers"
Katharine Susannah Prichard
Addison, for example, pays some grudging compliments to Chaucer and Spenser, though he is careful to point out the barbarism of their taste.
"English Literature and Society in the Eighteenth Century"
Leslie Stephen

Famous quotes with Grudging

  • The two-thirds rule [of the Senate], which can be changed only by constitutional amendment, will no doubt continue for a long time to come. Like monogamy, it is not completely satisfactory, but, like monogamy, it has won general if somewhat grudging acquiescence.
    Thomas A. Bailey
  • [Hitler] has grasped the falsity of the hedonistic attitude to life. Nearly all western thought since the last war, certainly all "progressive" thought, has assumed tacitly that human beings desire nothing beyond ease, security, and avoidance of pain. In such a view of life there is no room, for instance, for patriotism and the military virtues. The Socialist who finds his children playing with soldiers is usually upset, but he is never able to think of a substitute for the tin soldiers; tin pacifists somehow won’t do. Hitler, because in his own joyless mind he feels it with exceptional strength, knows that human beings only want comfort, safety, short working-hours, hygiene, birth-control and, in general, common sense; they also, at least intermittently, want struggle and self-sacrifice, not to mention drums, flag and loyalty-parades. However they may be as economic theories, Fascism and Nazism are psychologically far sounder than any hedonistic conception of life. The same is probably true of Stalin’s militarised version of Socialism. All three of the great dictators have enhanced their power by imposing intolerable burdens on their peoples. Whereas Socialism, and even capitalism in a grudging way, have said to people "I offer you a good time," Hitler has said to them "I offer you struggle, danger and death," and as a result a whole nation flings itself at his feet.
    George Orwell
  • Private shops [in Soviet Russia]. . . are taxed higher than co-operatives, are granted less favorable concessions, and enjoy a grudging legality. Nevertheless, their owners often make a great deal of money. The only explanation for it is the shortage of goods and the hunger for them. When one asks for the explanation of such a phenomenon in an agricultural country one is told: The government is exporting grain, the milk or egg price is too low and the peasants are holding back.
    Dorothy Thompson

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