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ressentiment

[French ruh-sahn-tee-mahn] /French rə sɑ̃ tiˈmɑ̃/
noun
1.
any cautious, defeatist, or cynical attitude based on the belief that the individual and human institutions exist in a hostile or indifferent universe or society.
2.
an oppressive awareness of the futility of trying to improve one's status in life or in society.
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45; < French; see resentment
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  • On the right, the collapse of governing coherence led to a campaign and a party of almost pure ressentiment.
Word Origin and History for ressentiment
n.

1943, a word from Nietzsche, from German ressentiment, from French ressentiment (see resentment). The French word also was borrowed as obsolete English resentiment (16c.) "feeling or sense (of something); state of being deeply affected by (something); resentment."

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