resentment

noun
re·​sent·​ment | \ ri-ˈzent-mənt How to pronounce resentment (audio) \

Definition of resentment

: a feeling of indignant displeasure or persistent ill will at something regarded as a wrong, insult, or injury

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Synonyms for resentment

Synonyms

down [chiefly British], grievance, grudge, score

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offense, resentment, umbrage, pique, dudgeon, huff mean an emotional response to or an emotional state resulting from a slight or indignity. offense implies hurt displeasure. takes deep offense at racial slurs resentment suggests lasting indignation or ill will. harbored a lifelong resentment of his brother umbrage may suggest hurt pride, resentment, or suspicion of another's motives. took umbrage at the offer of advice pique applies to a transient feeling of wounded vanity. in a pique I foolishly declined the invitation dudgeon suggests an angry fit of indignation. stormed out of the meeting in high dudgeon huff implies a peevish short-lived spell of anger usually at a petty cause. in a huff he slammed the door

Examples of resentment in a Sentence

She bore bitter feelings of resentment toward her ex-husband. He's filled with resentment at his boss. He expressed his resentment of the new policies.
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Time will tell if affection or resentment becomes its primary calling card. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "The Shed 101: Everything You Need to Know About New York's Massive New Cultural Institution at Hudson Yards," 5 Apr. 2019 In 1962, however, the day was changed to June 12 in light of rising Filipino nationalism and resentment toward prior American colonialism. Caroline Simon, USA TODAY, "9 things you didn't know about the Fourth of July," 3 July 2018 But something went wrong, leaving Olivia dead and the children with a lifetime full of resentment over their haunted childhood. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Netflix’s Haunting of Hill House is like This Is Us wrapped in a gothic ghost story," 28 Sep. 2018 Why?: Complex emotions can compound the unrelenting squeeze caregivers feel, including those caused by strained relations with siblings, ambivalence toward the care recipient and, often, resentment over having to go through the journey alone. Michele Parente, sandiegouniontribune.com, "How to cope with the emotions of caregiving," 24 Apr. 2018 There was a widespread feeling of resentment over the attention received by one girl, when almost every Jewish family had lost members in the Holocaust. Karen Bartlett, Newsweek, "Bringing Anne Frank Home - to Germany," 5 Feb. 2015 My unrequited potential and growing resentment would be muzzled and shepherded into school events, charity work, Pilates, anorexia, and running, running, running. Reema Zaman, Vogue, "The Woman I Would Have Been Had I Let Myself Love You," 13 Feb. 2019 There is a lingering resentment among many Brazilian goalkeepers that they are overlooked by the swarms of European scouts who scour the country looking for talent. Rory Smith, New York Times, "An Oxymoron No More: The Great Brazilian Goalkeeper," 21 June 2018 Even in this ugly period of American politics, trying to use defeat in a close election to create racial resentment stands out as dangerous and corrosive. Karl Rove, WSJ, "The Cynicism of Georgia’s Stacey Abrams," 12 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of resentment

1619, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of resentment was in 1619

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resentment

noun

English Language Learners Definition of resentment

: a feeling of anger or displeasure about someone or something unfair

resentment

noun
re·​sent·​ment | \ ri-ˈzent-mənt How to pronounce resentment (audio) \

Kids Definition of resentment

: a feeling of angry displeasure at a real or imagined wrong, insult, or injury

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