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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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  • It was plain that he did not like Peters and she thought he had some grounds for resenting his attempt to explore the country.

    Wyndham's Pal Harold Bindloss
  • "No new complications," said his wife, as if resenting the word.

  • No man dreamed for a moment of resenting his savage personalities, but as soon as the meal was over they made haste to get away.

    Life's Handicap Rudyard Kipling
  • "I go when I please," said I, resenting the question as I was meant to resent it.

    The King's Mirror Anthony Hope
  • Instead of resenting his purchase by Potiphar, he takes things most patiently, and does his duty bravely.

    Training the Teacher A. F. Schauffler
  • He grew heated, resenting this criticism of one who held that cowboys were noble.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • The wilderness forces, resenting the intrusion into their secret depths, had seemingly taken full vengeance at last.

    The Sky Line of Spruce Edison Marshall
British Dictionary definitions for resenting


(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 resenting



"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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