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

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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A decade later, the growing city started pumping groundwater from the Owens Valley, whose resentful residents retaliated with angry editorials and, on occasion, dynamite. Jennifer Szalai, New York Times, "In ‘The Mirage Factory,’ a Thriving Los Angeles Born From Humble Beginnings," 23 May 2018 One group quickly assumed the resentful voice of Victor; the other, the self-justifying voice of Walter. Paula Marantz Cohen, WSJ, "Arthur Miller’s ‘Everyman’ Is an Antidote to Identity Politics," 22 Feb. 2019 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

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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 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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