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 Bitterly disillusioned with the West on security issues, in 2007 Mr. Putin delivered a speech in Munich bristling with resentment and anger at American unilateralism and disregard for Russian opposition to the expansion of NATO. Andrew Higgins, New York Times, "Putin’s Russia, Punching Above Its Weight, Keeps Adversaries Off Balance," 23 Dec. 2019 For the second-tier candidates, there is a lot of jealously and resentment of Buttigieg. Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star, "Buttigieg takes the debate stage leading in Iowa but mired in controversy in South Carolina," 19 Nov. 2019 But the switching occurs against an ongoing residue of resentment over the cost for Firdapse, even though Catalyst arranged for patient assistance programs that bring the monthly cost down to $10 or less. Ed Silverman, STAT, "A drug maker courted controversy when it shut out a family-run rival. Now some patients say the medicine isn’t working," 15 Nov. 2019 There’s a lot of resentment around her, and Fiona didn’t help it by leaving this money in Debbie’s care. Derek Lawrence,, "Shameless boss previews life for the Gallaghers after Fiona: 'It shook everything up'," 8 Nov. 2019 Charlie and Nicole, played by Driver and Johansson, are in a mediator’s office, the air between them thick with resentment. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "Adam Driver, the Original Man," 21 Oct. 2019 Targeting black voters is a function of mining data and concluding that his appeal to whites with racial resentment could cost him with black voters. Jonathan Allen, NBC News, "Conservatives look to crack Biden's black-and-white coalition," 11 Oct. 2019 The impudent buck seethes with unapologetic resentment. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Winslow Homer at Harvard — Taking On Fake News," 21 Sep. 2019 But in interviews, Herman dismissed any talk of rivalry or resentment between the two. Christian Holub,, "Hello, Dolly! composer Jerry Herman dies at 88," 27 Dec. 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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15 Jan 2020

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“Resentment.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

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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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