resentment

noun
re·​sent·​ment | \ri-ˈzent-mənt \

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

dudgeon, huff, miff, offense (or offence), peeve, pique, umbrage

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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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The 2016 election led to a bitter debate over whether economic anxiety or racial resentment drove Trump’s voters. Ezra Klein, Vox, "How identity politics elected Donald Trump," 5 Nov. 2018 One is to bolster opposition to race-sensitive admissions by fueling sympathy for, and resentment among, unsuccessful minority applicants. Yuvraj Joshi, Teen Vogue, "Why the Affirmative Action Case Against Harvard Isn’t Actually About Fair Treatment for Minority Students," 16 Oct. 2018 Powell's word—furtherance of Nixon's Southern strategy, not only ratcheting up white racial resentment all across the country, but also taking steps to keep black voters away from the polls. Maya Singer, Vogue, "Who's Up For Burning It All Down?," 6 Oct. 2018 That resentment is only fueled by his addictions, leading to devastating and destructive outbursts. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "A Star Is Born," 5 Oct. 2018 Hart holds no resentment towards Manchester City, though. SI.com, "Joe Hart Returns to Man City for Pre-Season as England Teammates Continue World Cup Success," 8 July 2018 Trump used to claim he would be vindicated, and his advisers insisted his periodic fits sprang from an irrational resentment that Mueller was tarnishing his election and obscuring his achievements. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Will Trump Be Meeting With His Counterpart — Or His Handler?," 8 July 2018 Well, don't underestimate the degree of resentment. Fox News, "Steve Bannon on NATO: Trump is saying 'no more games'," 12 July 2018 Beverly’s on the verge not of a nervous breakdown, exactly, but of resentment. Hilton Als, The New Yorker, "With “Fairview,” Jackie Sibblies Drury Breaks the Fourth Wall," 24 June 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 \

Kids Definition of resentment

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

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