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[ri-zent-muh nt] /rɪˈzɛnt mənt/
the feeling of displeasure or indignation at some act, remark, person, etc., regarded as causing injury or insult.
1610-20; < French ressentiment, Middle French resentiment, equivalent to resenti(r) to resent + -ment -ment
Related forms
self-resentment, noun
dudgeon, pique, irritation, envy, jealousy. Unabridged
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Examples for resentment
  • There's often some anger and resentment as unresolved family issues resurface.
  • On the contrary, it will submit to much from them without showing resentment.
  • Such conversations can drain your energy and contribute to feelings of resentment and lethargy as the new term begins.
  • resentment of the librarian would only make sense if the copy scanned was a unique copy in the world.
  • Reformers know that any changes they make risk unleashing fresh resentment.
  • Even within the group, collaboration on this large a scale often created tensions and resentment.
  • We looked for a scapegoat on which to vent our anxiety and our resentment.
  • Grievances and jealousy are producing hatred, and the resentment felt by the have-nots can be striking.
  • As the campaign's fortunes worsened, resentment at the press turned into personal attacks against reporters.
  • But everyone has their cross to bear, and the resentment caused by winning is ours.
British Dictionary definitions for resentment


anger, bitterness, or ill will
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for resentment
1610s, from Fr. ressentiment (16c.), from ressentir (see resent).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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