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

Synonyms & Antonyms for resentful


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



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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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So this decision to allow women to end their pregnancies up to the sixth month is the act of a resentful child lashing out at the parent who disappointed her, and an act of defiance more than a declaration of independence. Christine M. Flowers,, "We won't back down from the fight to end abortion | Christine Flowers," 28 May 2018 But other immigrants here illegally feel resentful and forgotten, with Trump and his supporters characterizing them as criminals. Benjamin Oreskes,, "Essential California: Obsession with 'Dreamers' breeds resentment among other immigrants here illegally," 19 Feb. 2018 In the YouTube videos, Jones appeared to be resentful about the divorce and accused his ex-wife and her attorney of spreading lies. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Arizona killing spree suspect ranted about divorce in YouTube videos," 5 June 2018 But his efforts to ease tensions with Moscow foundered at a time when Russia was becoming increasingly resentful of Washington. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Trump's toughness on Russia judged against his predecessors," 9 June 2018 This decision is no Jupiterian decree, imposed arbitrarily by the powers in Paris on resentful rurals. The Economist, "France’s contentious speed-limit reduction is a model for others," 2 June 2018 The movement, popular in some tribal villages, is known to be resentful of outsiders. Casey Quackenbush, Time, "Five Charity Workers Were Kidnapped and Gang-Raped in East India," 22 June 2018 Research shows that forcing the program on unwilling officers has made some more resentful and potentially more prone to violence against people with mental illness. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Implementation of mental health training plan for officers runs counter to recommendations," 8 June 2018 Many others are resentful and indifferent, long having lost hope for positive change. Vladimir Isachenkov, Fox News, "A self-assured Putin seems confident of electoral victory," 15 Mar. 2018

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of resentful

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

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alleviating pain or harshness

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