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 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 That said, the conditions attached to the bailout by Greece’s resentful rescue party meant that the country would effectively have to starve itself back into good health. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "Euro Zone: Intermission," 17 Apr. 2020 This fictional portrait depicts him as delusional, resentful, and power-mad—and the product of hardscrabble roots. Don Steinberg, WSJ, "For Filmmakers, Watergate Is the Gift That Keeps on Giving," 23 Oct. 2018 As her powers blossom and Holda sinks her claws in further, Gretel grows increasingly resentful of her brother. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "How Gretel & Hansel Puts a Dark but Empowering Spin on the Original Fairy Tale," 31 Jan. 2020

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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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2 Jun 2020

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“Resentful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 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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