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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web It’s the transactional love of a narcissist who proudly owns the hard underbelly of American resentment, delusion and paranoia. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Garcia: Capitol riot culminated 12 years of Tea Party resentment," 7 Jan. 2021 Grievance, resentment, self-pity, bitterness, envy, contempt — these are enemies of well-being. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Bubblicious, &c.," 4 Jan. 2021 In any personal or professional relationship, feeling as though you haven’t been heard and acknowledged creates resentment, anger and frustration. Katy Harrington, refinery29.com, "“I’m Sorry You Feel That Way” Is The Most Infuriating Apology Ever," 2 Dec. 2020 That’s stoking resentment among existing workers who recently got coupons for Thanksgiving turkeys as a thank you for their hard work. Bloomberg News, oregonlive, "Fat hiring bonuses stoke anger among existing Amazon workers who got $15 turkey vouchers," 25 Nov. 2020 That’s stoking resentment among existing workers who recently got coupons for Thanksgiving turkeys as a thank you for their hard work. chicagotribune.com, "Ahead of the holidays, Amazon is hiring some employees with a $3,000 signing bonus. Longtime workers who got only turkey vouchers are upset.," 24 Nov. 2020 That’s stoking resentment among existing workers who recently got coupons for Thanksgiving turkeys as a thank you for their hard work. al, "Amazon gives $3,000 signing bonuses; Alabama workers get $10 vouchers," 24 Nov. 2020 This case is about bitterness, resentment and fear. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, ""Lizzie Borden took an axe" — or did she? What would a jury say today?," 26 Dec. 2020 The boon in investment is accelerating Russia’s development goals but with trade-offs that stoke rising resentment and fear. New York Times, "How Russia Wins the Climate Crisis," 16 Dec. 2020

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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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19 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Resentment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/resentment. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for resentment

resentment

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How to pronounce resentment (audio)

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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