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


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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There is a huge resentment against these 3D remakes from the original 2D crews. Ale Russian,, "Animators Behind the Original Lion King Are Divided Over Disney's CGI Remake," 1 Aug. 2019 That campaign secured no concessions from the government and caused resentment among some residents whose lives were disrupted. The Economist, "Hong Kong’s protesters learn from Bruce Lee," 18 July 2019 In June, his constituents lashed out at him over a white police officer’s killing of a black man, highlighting resentment among the city’s African American residents. Melissa Gomez,, "Who are the Democratic candidates for president?," 8 July 2019 But research shows that financial incentives rewarding top performers often have the effect of stirring up resentment among peers who feel overlooked. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "Why it’s so dangerous when star employees check out," 2 July 2019 Unlike Wong in 2014, no one group or personality has emerged to lead the protest movement, which taps into deep resentment among the young and middle class over the dominance of a moneyed elite over Hong Kong's economy and political institutions. Fox News, "Hong Kong leader ignores protesters' deadline to pull controversial extradition bill," 21 June 2019 Both Greece and Israel have resentments against the European Union. Victor Davis Hanson, The Mercury News, "Hanson: Greece finds new footing as a player on the world stage," 6 June 2019 The other reason for focusing on Asian Americans may be to erase the impression of racial hostility and resentment against African Americans. Yuvraj Joshi, Teen Vogue, "Why the Affirmative Action Case Against Harvard Isn’t Actually About Fair Treatment for Minority Students," 16 Oct. 2018 As Adam Serwer wrote for The Atlantic on Monday, Donald Trump won the presidency by combining a superficial economic populism with appeals to resentment against religious and ethnic minorities. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "Tuesday’s primaries were a good night for the populist left.," 27 June 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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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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