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

Synonyms

down [chiefly British], grievance, grudge, score

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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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But there seems to be little resentment of the Americans. Mary Beth Sheridan, The Seattle Times, "The little-noticed surge across the U.S.-Mexico border: Americans heading south," 21 May 2019 The description promised this rock would bring me unconditional love (both toward myself and from others), and would dissolve old fears and resentments. Katie Heaney, The Cut, "I Want to Believe My Rose Quartz Is Bringing Love Into My Life," 30 May 2018 The sudden announcement that his sentence had been cut short by almost three years sent waves of shock, fear and resentment through the community. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Bill Cosby’s conviction is a watershed. It also shows how hard it is to hold alleged abusers accountable.," 27 Apr. 2018 In Panama, the sympathy that greeted early arrivals from Venezuela, many wealthy professionals, is giving way to fear and resentment of the poor and desperate. Ezra Fieser, Bloomberg.com, "Venezuelans, Go Home: Xenophobia Haunts Refugees," 5 Mar. 2018 This marginalization fed the wound to his vanity and his resentment bloomed into betrayal of his country and General Washington’s trust. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Report: Trump tabloid pal cut deal with feds," 24 Aug. 2018 Time will tell if affection or resentment becomes its primary calling card. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "The Shed 101: Everything You Need to Know About New York's Massive New Cultural Institution at Hudson Yards," 5 Apr. 2019 In 1962, however, the day was changed to June 12 in light of rising Filipino nationalism and resentment toward prior American colonialism. Caroline Simon, USA TODAY, "9 things you didn't know about the Fourth of July," 3 July 2018 But something went wrong, leaving Olivia dead and the children with a lifetime full of resentment over their haunted childhood. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Netflix’s Haunting of Hill House is like This Is Us wrapped in a gothic ghost story," 28 Sep. 2018

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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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resentment

noun

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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