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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
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  • The bird seemed surprised rather than frightened or resentful.

    The Onslaught from Rigel Fletcher Pratt
  • She saw the lift of her head, the incredulous, resentful look in her eyes.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • It was headed by Greentop, resentful no more, but quacking joyously at the sight of light and shelter.

    Wild Folk Samuel Scoville
  • And on his countenance there was a sour, querulous, resentful expression.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Sine reaped uncomprehending and resentful stares when he declined to join them.

    The Metal Moon Everett C. Smith
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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