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[ri-zent-fuh l] /rɪˈzɛnt fəl/
full of or marked by resentment.
Origin of resentful
1645-55; resent + -ful
Related forms
resentfully, adverb
resentfulness, noun
unresentful, adjective
unresentfully, adverb
unresentfulness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for resentful
  • It is a fact of modern political life that the preponderance of resentful, hostile political language comes from the right.
  • Telling them to get over it will only make them resentful.
  • Since his resignation, he seems to have cast aside those memories to grow increasingly resentful of his successor.
  • It is better to have them in your new system as enthusiastic insiders than resentful outsiders.
  • Clover uses the resentful feelings between her elders to get out of working on their peach farm and from attending school.
  • And the performers can even sometimes get a little resentful that they're being doubted.
  • He is resentful and does his duty reluctantly, moving away from her emotionally until she goes mad.
  • Perhaps they will be resentful and think that you have been idle.
  • Consequently, he is resentful, and resentment in others is always a great sport to watch.
  • Still, it's tough to trust so resentful and bewildered a narrator.
British Dictionary definitions for resentful


feeling or characterized by resentment
Derived Forms
resentfully, adverb
resentfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for resentful

1650s, from resent + -ful. Related: Resentfully; resentfulness.

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