ressentiment

noun
res·sen·ti·ment | \rə-ˌsäⁿ-tē-ˈmäⁿ \

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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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, "What the world’s nationalists can learn from Turkey and Erdogan," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of ressentiment

1941, 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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ressentiment

noun
res·sen·ti·ment | \rə-säⁿ-tē-ˈmäⁿ \

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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