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[ri-zent] /rɪˈzɛnt/
verb (used with object)
to feel or show displeasure or indignation at (a person, act, remark, etc.) from a sense of injury or insult.
Origin of resent
1595-1605; < French ressentir to be angry < Old French resentir, equivalent to re- re- + sentir to feel < Latin sentīre; see sense
Related forms
resentingly, adverb
resentive, adjective
unresented, adjective
unresenting, adjective
Can be confused
begrudge, regret, resent (see synonym study at regret) Unabridged
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Examples from the web for resented
  • What is outside, or persons not identifiable with ourselves, has been disregarded or resented.
  • In his morals he was pure, and he was made uneasy by indelicacy, which he always resented with a maiden feeling.
  • No entrepreneurial triumph of its day has ever been less resented or feared by the public.
  • Such property taxes are common elsewhere in the world, championed by economists, resented by homeowners.
  • Certain quarters have long hated, resented and or doubted the euro's viability.
  • Dumped on from above and resented from below, they are often first in the firing line when cuts are made.
  • They're saying people on benefits should be resented by those in work.
  • But at different times, each was deemed a model of rapid economic growth, envied and resented by neighbors.
  • Cops had come to expect such softness from their superiors, and they resented it.
  • Other residents resented the artists who had helped revive the area.
British Dictionary definitions for resented


(transitive) to feel bitter, indignant, or aggrieved at
Word Origin
C17: from French ressentir, from re- + sentir to feel, from Latin sentīre to perceive; see sense
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Word Origin and History for resented



"take (something) ill; be in some degree angry or provoked at," c.1600, from French ressentir "feel pain, regret," from Old French resentir "feel again, feel in turn" (13c.), from re-, intensive prefix, + sentir "to feel," from Latin sentire (see sense (n.)). Related: Resented; resenting.

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