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 resentfully (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 Others were flummoxed by the technology and resentful COVID-19 had upended their lives. Robyn Mcgee, The Christian Science Monitor, "Reflections from community college: how the pandemic made me a better teacher," 6 July 2020 McVeigh was a military veteran whose experience in the Gulf War left him radicalized and resentful of the government as a source of injustice. Dale Beran, The Atlantic, "The Boogaloo Tipping Point," 4 July 2020 While that fact frustrates Alan Reese, his grandfather, a humble man, was never resentful about not receiving national recognition. Shauna Stuart |, al, "Rename Edmund Pettus Bridge? Activists, politicians split: ‘It does not help history'," 24 June 2020 In contrast, Carmen Ejogo, as Sarah's light-skinned (and highly fictionalized) rival Addie Munroe, is a soap-opera villainess. Blair Underwood, as Sarah's increasingly resentful husband C.J., lacks any semblance of depth. Inkoo Kang, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Self-Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker': TV Review," 20 Mar. 2020 The earth doesn’t need one more resentful, depressed sort. Kendra Nordin Beato, The Christian Science Monitor, "In ‘Afterlife,’ a woman forges a path through grief," 13 May 2020 Over her shoulder, Delia Garrett was watching Mary O’Rahilly with resentful, drunken eyes. Emma Donoghue, The Atlantic, "The Blood Tax," 12 May 2020 Are students resentful about the restrictions, or pushing back against them? David Z. Morris, Fortune, "The Coronavirus Economy: How a high school band director does his job from home," 27 Apr. 2020 The pet-less have become resentful, Garoutte says, and have expressed their disdain on neighborhood social media pages. Elaine Ayala,, "Ayala: S.A. family separated by an ocean copes with elderly father’s coronavirus hospitalization," 31 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of resentful

1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 Jul 2020

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“Resentful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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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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