re·​sent | \ ri-ˈzent How to pronounce resent (audio) \
resented; resenting; resents

Definition of resent

transitive verb

: to feel or express annoyance or ill will at resented the implication

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Examples of resent in a Sentence

She resented being told what to do. He resented his boss for making him work late.
Recent Examples on the Web It's been interesting seeing fans take Desna's side as her crew begins to resent her for everyone breaking bad. Marcus Jones,, 7 Feb. 2022 People working very hard at not-very-fulfilling jobs resent paying taxes to support those who aren’t working. Joan C. Williams, The New Republic, 19 Apr. 2022 The labor shortage, however, makes employers reluctant to address moonlighting in a manner employees might resent. Lynne Curry | Alaska Workplace, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Mar. 2022 And now their attempts to sign collective letters and resent the sanctions look hypocritical. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 7 Mar. 2022 Sharp has other critics around the league; some are put off by his cocksure demeanor, and resent his habit of making bold strategic assertions without sufficient data to back them up. Danny Funt, The New Yorker, 12 Feb. 2022 While the group celebrates and honors the history of the Confederacy, others, like Richard Rose, Atlanta Chapter President of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, resent it due to its link to white supremacy. Steve Osunsami, ABC News, 18 Apr. 2022 Alex, how much might Allan resent Jamie for being the one to met out that punishment in episode one? Maureen Lee Lenker,, 14 Mar. 2022 That word, by the way, is anathema to these courageous and dedicated suffragists, who resent the diminutive form that patronizes them and diminishes their cause of securing for women the right to vote. Marilyn Stasio, Variety, 6 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of resent

1612, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for resent

Middle French resentir to be emotionally sensible of, from Old French, from re- + sentir to feel, from Latin sentire — more at sense

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17 May 2022

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“Resent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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re·​sent | \ ri-ˈzent How to pronounce resent (audio) \
resented; resenting

Kids Definition of resent

: to feel annoyance or anger at He resents his sister's laziness.

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