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

Other Words from resentful

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
Recent Examples on the Web Will resentful families then hasten the earthly departure of elderly relatives whose needs have become burdensome? WSJ, 2 Aug. 2022 As soon as the soldiers departed, the water cascaded from the pipe, and the resentful mood abated. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, 23 July 2022 Miss Manners is therefore afraid that skipping the events, or being rightfully resentful afterward, are the only polite ways of dealing with this dreadful and costly behavior. Jacobina Martin, Washington Post, 8 July 2022 The resentful locals are not too keen on the effects on the local economy and the resulting escalation in home prices that keeps many locals from buying. Mary Cadden, USA TODAY, 15 June 2022 Any increase in performance that’s rooted in fear is temporary—and resentful. Jeff Abbott, Forbes, 6 June 2022 Western officials say that Turkey would only cause more problems as a resentful NATO outsider — and one that could align itself more closely with Russia. New York Times, 30 May 2022 Tom Cruise’s Pete Mitchell returns to the elite flight academy to train a new class of top pilots for a near-impossible mission, and one of the recruits happens to be the late Goose’s resentful son (played by Miles Teller). Melissa Giannini, ELLE, 18 May 2022 Putin’s has built his regime ideology on the idea of Russia as a righteous, orthodox state, besieged by a hostile and decadent West, fostering a sense of resentful victimhood. Washington Post, 9 May 2022 See More

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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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10 Aug 2022

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“Resentful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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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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