resentful

adjective
re·​sent·​ful | \ ri-ˈzent-fəl \

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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Other Words from resentful

resentfully \ ri-​ˈzent-​fə-​lē \ adverb
resentfulness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for resentful

Synonyms

acrid, acrimonious, bitter, embittered, hard, rancorous, sore

Antonyms

unbitter

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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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All of the elements are perfect, especially Reese's resentful facial expression, the ice cream scoops flying in mid-air, and poor Meryl's pure obliviousness of the chaos coming for her. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Reese Witherspoon Throwing Ice Cream at Meryl Streep Is Now the Perfect Meme," 2 Aug. 2018 In 2008, Clinton had done best among the most racially resentful white Democrats. Ezra Klein, Vox, "How identity politics elected Donald Trump," 5 Nov. 2018 After Byers pulled out at the last minute, apparently in a falling-out with Powell, the crew may have been resentful and unsure of their leader, who in turn may have doubted the men’s loyalty. Gerard Helferich, WSJ, "Book Review: The Perils of a Pathfinder," 19 July 2018 After a while, the Tooth Fairy got forgetful and a little resentful at our house. Charlotte Hilton Andersen, Redbook, "The Great Mom Debate: How Generous is the Tooth Fairy at Your House?," 5 Feb. 2012 As the holy books show, true messengers of God are a wretched lot—baffled, overwhelmed, resentful, gloomy or embarrassed. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: A Depraved and Beautiful Dream of the World," 12 July 2018 As Europe and America have closed their borders to Syria’s outpouring of refugees, Lebanon’s politicians have grown increasingly resentful at the burden of care that has been placed upon them. Louisa Loveluck And Suzan Haidamous, Washington Post, "In one Lebanese town, a dilemma divides refugees: to stay or return to Syria," 30 June 2018 Valérie Thérèse Bart’s costumes (a bright yellow dress for St. Francis’s trainer, a droopy hoodie for the depressed and resentful trainer of Prince Gabriel III of Belgium, played by John Tibbetts ) made each character distinctive. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘Vinkensport, or The Finch Opera,’ ‘Rocking Horse Winner’ and ‘The Consul’ Reviews," 9 July 2018 Please accept your feelings and condition, instead of being ashamed or resentful. Carolyn Hax, Detroit Free Press, "Diagnosed with PTSD after years of childhood abuse," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of resentful

1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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resentful

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of resentful

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

resentful

adjective
re·​sent·​ful | \ ri-ˈzent-fəl \

Kids Definition of resentful

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

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