re·​sent·​ful | \ ri-ˈzent-fəl How to pronounce resentful (audio) \

Definition of resentful

1 : full of resentment : inclined to resent felt resentful of her success
2 : caused or marked by resentment resentful anger

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resentfully \ ri-​ˈzent-​fə-​lē How to pronounce resentful (audio) \ adverb
resentfulness noun

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Examples of resentful in a Sentence

She is resentful about being demoted. She gave me a resentful glare. a resentful letter to the editor
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Recent Examples on the Web No one is looking to hire resentful individuals who convey an unwillingness to see the learning opportunities in their current circumstances. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 7 June 2021 Meanwhile, Lisey and her resentful sister Darla (Jennifer Jason Leigh) are coping with the breakdown and self-harm of their sister Amanda (Joan Allen)., 2 June 2021 Anderson recounts how Black soldiers were persistently reviled, harassed and terrorized by fearful and resentful whites. New York Times, 28 May 2021 People’s Liberation Army, the markets closed down, very obvious CCTV on the entrances to mosques, and Uyghurs sitting or standing in a very silent, sullen, resentful way. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, 17 May 2021 Others are resentful that they've been turned into a political football as Democrats and Republicans fight over what some officers say should be obvious fixes, including making some basic security upgrades and approving funding for better equipment. Whitney Wild, Kristin Wilson And Jeremy Herb, CNN, 27 May 2021 Butler’s protagonist, Noah, (the name is a giveaway) tries to bring the gospel of new, strange, protective erotic communities to a mostly resentful human herd. Stephanie Burt, The New Republic, 27 May 2021 The woman who lost her husband to Asif and who nearly lost her sister and nieces to Sean again faces tragedy when Asif, still resentful of her stealing his heroin shipment, massacres everyone working at her landscaping company warehouse/drug depot. Roxana Hadadi, Vulture, 24 May 2021 The Cayuse grew resentful, and were probably driven over the edge by a measles outbreak that seemed to spare whites but not their own., 20 May 2021

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First Known Use of resentful

1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of resentful was in 1656

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11 Jun 2021

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“Resentful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of resentful

: having or showing a feeling of anger or displeasure about someone or something unfair


re·​sent·​ful | \ ri-ˈzent-fəl How to pronounce resentful (audio) \

Kids Definition of resentful

: full of angry displeasure She's resentful at being treated like a baby.

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