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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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 Maybe the point is that no black person should have to stomach any bigotry, but the resentment Ogletree’s men . . Zadie Smith, The New Yorker, "Darryl Pinckney’s Intimate Study of Black History," 26 Nov. 2019 Both men embody the politics of nationalism, chauvinism and the resentment of elites. The Economist, "Binyamin Netanyahu vows to fight on despite charges of bribery and fraud," 21 Nov. 2019 And so there’s been no resentment between Gatewood and Bo Nix, even after the true freshman was named Auburn’s starter. Giana Han, al, "QB Joey Gatewood’s ‘all in’ on Auburn," 25 Oct. 2019 There is also widespread resentment that Hamas coopted popular activism through its intervention. Tareq Baconi, The New York Review of Books, "One Year of Gaza Protests. A New Era of Palestinian Struggle?," 29 Mar. 2019 Yet the mutual resentments unleashed by Mr Erdogan’s grandstanding and Mr Trump’s pandering will in any event be enduring. The Economist, "The strange love-in between Donald Trump and Recep Tayyip Erdogan," 14 Nov. 2019 That's largely because of the mutual resentment between Neymar Jr and pretty much everyone else associated with the club., "90min's Definitive European Power Rankings - Week 7: Champions League Special," 4 Oct. 2019 The rising resentment against Syrians seems to be behind a new wave of migrants sailing from Turkey to the Greek island of Lesbos every day. Zeina Karam, San Diego Union-Tribune, "‘Forgotten’ war: Syria conflict a footnote at UN meeting," 25 Sep. 2019 Several candidates vying for the 2020 presidential nomination immediately blamed President Donald Trump’s harsh rhetoric towards undocumented migrants for stoking the resentments espoused by the El Paso shooter. John Kelly, USA TODAY, "El Paso, Dayton, Chicago: Media doesn't treat all gun violence the same," 5 Aug. 2019

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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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3 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Resentment.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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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 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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to state or do over again or repeatedly

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