ressentiment

noun
res·​sen·​ti·​ment | \ rə-ˌsäⁿ-tē-ˈmäⁿ How to pronounce ressentiment (audio) \

Definition of ressentiment

: deep-seated resentment, frustration, and hostility accompanied by a sense of being powerless to express these feelings directly

Examples of ressentiment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But in between justice and ressentiment is a rich, gray area where schadenfreude can serve a valuable political purpose. Lee M. Pierce, The Conversation, 14 Oct. 2020 This weaponizing of ressentiment — a term borrowed from German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, capturing the deep grievance produced by feelings of both envy and humiliation — is possibly the defining theme in global politics right now. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of ressentiment

1896, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ressentiment

French, resentment, from ressentir to resent, from Middle French resentir — more at resent

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The first known use of ressentiment was in 1896

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“Ressentiment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ressentiment. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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ressentiment

noun
res·​sen·​ti·​ment | \ rə-säⁿ-tē-ˈmäⁿ How to pronounce ressentiment (audio) \

Medical Definition of ressentiment

: deep-seated resentment, frustration, and hostility accompanied by a sense of being powerless to express these feelings directly

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