resentful

adjective
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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Other Words from resentful

resentfully \ ri-​ˈzent-​fə-​lē How to pronounce resentfully (audio) \ 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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Others pulled away from the rising movement, resentful of how much time their parents spent protesting. New York Times, "He’s a Veteran of Upheaval, Molded by Ferguson’s Traumas. He’s 7.," 8 Aug. 2019 Conan Gray's lovelorn attitude Conan Gray brought his super-personal lyrics to life on the Bud Light stage, using nearly every opportunity to make a playfully resentful remark about love. Taylor Weatherby, Billboard, "Lollapalooza Day 2 Highlights: Janelle Monae Empowers, Chance the Rapper Joins Death Cab For Cutie & More," 3 Aug. 2019 Many Puerto Ricans are resentful over the resulting pension cuts, school closings and other austerity measures. Author: Danica Coto, Anchorage Daily News, "Amid outrage over online messages, Puerto Rico governor says he is resigning Aug. 2," 25 July 2019 Many Puerto Ricans are resentful over the resulting pension cuts, school closings and other austerity measures. Danica Coto, The Denver Post, "Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló resigns in face of protests," 25 July 2019 Many Puerto Ricans are resentful over the resulting pension cuts, school closings and other austerity measures. Author: Danica Coto, Anchorage Daily News, "Amid outrage over online messages, Puerto Rico governor says he is resigning Aug. 2," 25 July 2019 Many Puerto Ricans are resentful over the resulting pension cuts, school closings and other austerity measures. Danica Coto, SFChronicle.com, "Puerto Rico’s embattled governor to resign," 24 July 2019 Many are also resentful over Puerto Rico's slow recovery from Maria, which devastated the island nearly two years ago and led to thousands of deaths. Danica Coto, orlandosentinel.com, "Puerto Rico political crisis deepens; government officials’ cellphones sought," 24 July 2019 Pepper and Scodelario are both very good, playing a tough-love father and his resentful daughter. Noel Murray, latimes.com, "Review: Giant gators and a mega-hurricane are undermined by daddy issues in ‘Crawl’," 11 July 2019

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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 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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