resentment

noun re·sent·ment \ ri-ˈzent-mənt \
Updated on: 4 Dec 2017

Definition of resentment

: a feeling of indignant displeasure or persistent ill will at something regarded as a wrong, insult, or injury

Examples of resentment in a Sentence

  1. She bore bitter feelings of resentment toward her ex-husband.

  2. He's filled with resentment at his boss.

  3. He expressed his resentment of the new policies.

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First Known Use of resentment

1619

Synonym Discussion of resentment

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

RESENTMENT Defined for English Language Learners

resentment

noun

Definition of resentment for English Language Learners

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


RESENTMENT Defined for Kids

resentment

noun re·sent·ment \ ri-ˈzent-mənt \

Definition of resentment for Students

: a feeling of angry displeasure at a real or imagined wrong, insult, or injury


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