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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Pepper and Scodelario are both very good, playing a tough-love father and his resentful daughter. Noel Murray,, "Review: Giant gators and a mega-hurricane are undermined by daddy issues in ‘Crawl’," 11 July 2019 However, the 57-year-old became increasingly unhappy with his role at the club, resentful that Lijnders - who was behind both himself and third assistant Peter Krawietz in the pecking order - was enjoying too much responsibility., "Mystery Behind Zeljko Buvac's Liverpool Departure Revealed as Backroom Controversy Takes its Toll," 4 July 2019 And while the caseload of AFDC never became majority black—60 percent of AFDC families were nonblack—the face of poverty in popular media had become black, allowing Taylor to represent a group toward which white Americans were growing resentful. Bryce Covert, The New Republic, "The Myth of the Welfare Queen," 2 July 2019 While Illinois was considered progressive then, the suffrage movements were split along racial lines, with some white women resentful that black men earned the vote before them. Lisa Donovan,, "The Spin: Biden, Beto and Bullock hit Chicago for presidential fundraisers," 10 June 2019 By the season 3 finale, all such resentful subtext has become text. Ariana Romero,, "Don't Have Time To Watch Jessica Jones Season 3? This Is How It Ends," 15 June 2019 He is described as feeling used by the White House — and resentful and suspicious enough to float two eyebrow-raising possibilities. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "The Times’ big new Rod Rosenstein story has major implications for Mueller’s probe," 21 Sep. 2018 Speakers of less favoured dialects are resentful and envious. The Economist, "Gialdo alertThe fight to save European dialects in Brazil," 1 Mar. 2018 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

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First Known Use of resentful

1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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