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


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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Local anger and resentment led to mob riots in which colonists burned customs vessels and tarred and feathered customs agents and informants. Peter Andreas, Washington Post, "Breaking border laws is as American as it gets," 3 July 2018 President Trump is just the latest manifestation of rampaging anger and resentment. Jennifer Szalai, New York Times, "The Cry of the Centrist: In ‘Tailspin,’ Steven Brill Bemoans a Polarized America," 5 June 2018 That's why the NRA's marketing these days has so little to do with gun policy and so much to do with smash-mouth cultural resentments. Anchorage Daily News, "Stances on guns, immigration reflect the sea change in cultural politics," 1 Mar. 2018 Brock and symbiote were driven by resentment against Parker. Littice Bacon-blood,, "Elton John hit by apparent Mardi Gras beads during concert: report," 18 Feb. 2018 The trick is to give voters real targets for their resentment. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "Give the Left a Chance," 27 June 2018 Their resentments and their own stumbling blocks are real. Daniel D'addario,, "Review: 'Queer Eye' Season 2 on Netflix," 7 June 2018 Even Dietland villain Kitty–who runs a beauty empire built on women’s insecurities and pays for a photographer’s legal fees when he’s accused of rape–finds commonality in her resentment. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Female Rage on Television Reaches a Boiling Point in Dietland," 31 May 2018 White Americans are increasingly critical of the country's social safety net, a new study suggests, thanks in part to a rising tide of racial resentment. The Washington Post,, "Welfare cuts driven more by racial anxiety than conservatives: study," 31 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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