Synonyms & Antonyms of resentment

1 a lingering ill will towards a person for a real or imagined wrong
  • if you continue to harbor resentment toward your father, you'll never be able to move on with your life

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2 a painful awareness of another's possessions or advantages and a desire to have them too
  • I don't have any resentment over my friend's luxurious house

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3 the feeling of being offended or resentful after a slight or indignity
  • my resentment at being spoken to like I'm stupid

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Frequently Asked Questions About resentment

How is the word resentment distinct from other similar nouns?

Some common synonyms of resentment are dudgeon, huff, offense, pique, and umbrage. While all these words mean "an emotional response to or an emotional state resulting from a slight or indignity," resentment suggests lasting indignation or ill will.

harbored a lifelong resentment of his brother

When could dudgeon be used to replace resentment?

While the synonyms dudgeon and resentment are close in meaning, dudgeon suggests an angry fit of indignation.

stormed out of the meeting in high dudgeon

When can huff be used instead of resentment?

While in some cases nearly identical to resentment, huff implies a peevish short-lived spell of anger usually at a petty cause.

in a huff he slammed the door

When might offense be a better fit than resentment?

Although the words offense and resentment have much in common, offense implies hurt displeasure.

takes deep offense at racial slurs

When is pique a more appropriate choice than resentment?

The words pique and resentment are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, pique applies to a transient feeling of wounded vanity.

in a pique I foolishly declined the invitation

When is it sensible to use umbrage instead of resentment?

The meanings of umbrage and resentment largely overlap; however, umbrage may suggest hurt pride, resentment, or suspicion of another's motives.

took umbrage at the offer of advice

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The first known use of resentment was in 1619

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“Resentment.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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