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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Other Words from resentful

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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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 Valérie Thérèse Bart’s costumes (a bright yellow dress for St. Francis’s trainer, a droopy hoodie for the depressed and resentful trainer of Prince Gabriel III of Belgium, played by John Tibbetts ) made each character distinctive. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘Vinkensport, or The Finch Opera,’ ‘Rocking Horse Winner’ and ‘The Consul’ Reviews," 9 July 2018 Please accept your feelings and condition, instead of being ashamed or resentful. Carolyn Hax, Detroit Free Press, "Diagnosed with PTSD after years of childhood abuse," 18 June 2018 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

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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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