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


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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Some of these behaviors betray perpetrators’ feelings of (entitled) attraction, while others expose more clearly the long-simmering resentment that our society (male and otherwise) holds towards plus-size people. Nora Whelan, SELF, "Believing Women Means Believing the Plus-Size Ones, Too," 21 Nov. 2018 David Lapp, lead organizer for Better Angels who set up that meeting, recalled the raw emotions of that weekend: anger, frustration, resentment and, yes, camaraderie. Ledyard King, USA TODAY, "One group tries to lower the volume on the high-decibel noise that's further dividing a polarized nation," 17 June 2018 The movie has scant interest in the origins of the class resentment. Gary Thompson,, "Coming-of-age drama 'Measure of a Man' comes up short | Movie review," 10 May 2018 Plus, it significantly ups the likelihood of petty resentments and hurt feelings over who does and doesn’t get picked. Staff,, "Nine Innings: The Yankees' Greatest Need, Unlikely All-Stars and Midsummer Classic Changes," 11 June 2018 Based on Sarai Walker’s book of the same name, Dietland succeeds most when examining—and granting license to—the twin specters of female resentment and fury. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Dietland Envisions a World of Female Revenge," 5 June 2018 Trump's retweet of anti-Muslim videos by a far-right British party continued to feed the flames, causing feelings of resentment and alienation among American Muslims. Daniel Burke, CNN, "American Muslims on Trump's iftar: Thanks, but no thanks," 5 June 2018 In a business where the work day typically starts before dawn, Baffert’s tendency toward banker’s hours has been a source of resentment and envy. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "What makes Bob Baffert special? Keen eyes behind those sunglasses," 4 June 2018 In June, Arizona was among a handful of states targeted with a series of ads presumably intended to stoke racial resentment. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "Russians played up Glendale murder-suicide in Facebook ads in 2016 election," 12 May 2018

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First Known Use of resentment

1619, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of resentment

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


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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a complex dispute or argument

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