re·​sent·​ment ri-ˈzent-mənt How to pronounce resentment (audio)
: a feeling of indignant displeasure or persistent ill will at something regarded as a wrong, insult, or injury
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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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Word History

First Known Use

1619, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of resentment was in 1619

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“Resentment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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re·​sent·​ment ri-ˈzent-mənt How to pronounce resentment (audio)
: a feeling of angry displeasure at something regarded as a wrong, insult, or injury

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