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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.
Origin of resentment
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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  • As a manager, you can't let such resentments fester and build.
  • Almost at once, he projects his insecurities and resentments.
  • Old resentments swamp any possibilities for empathy.
  • It is, however, spent building up factions and petty resentments over past arguments.
  • Underneath the questions of taxing and spending are deep resentments and fears spawned by the end of the industrial age.
  • They show that there are causes and resentments that lie beyond the boundaries of a carefully managed national consensus.
  • Whatever resentments he harbored toward commercial interests, he needed to take a crack at that prize.
  • So their obsessions and their resentments have seeped into the debate, even among those who would never vote for them.
  • Its champions often seem wild-eyed or romantic, or driven by old resentments, or detached from economic reality.
  • Since then the council has given up spending on particular areas for fear of fuelling these resentments.
British Dictionary definitions for resentments


anger, bitterness, or ill will
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Word Origin and History for resentments



1610s, from French ressentiment (16c.), verbal noun from ressentir (see resent).

"Ridicule often parries resentment, but resentment never yet parried ridicule." [Walter Savage Landor, "Imaginary Conversations"]

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