Synonyms and Antonyms of resentment

  1. 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 Synonyms of resentment down [chiefly British], grievance, grudge, scoreWords Related to resentment condemnation; offense (or offence), umbrage; complaint; dudgeon, huff, peeve, pique; despite, hatefulness, malevolence, malice, maliciousness, meanness, nastiness, spite, spitefulness, spleen, venom, viciousness; animosity, antagonism, antipathy, bitterness, enmity, hostility, rancor

  2. 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 Synonyms of resentment covetousness, enviousness, green-eyed monster, invidiousness, jealousy, envyWords Related to resentment animosity, enmity, hatred, ill will; malice, maliciousness, spitefulnessNear Antonyms of resentment benevolence, goodwill, kindness, sympathy

  3. 3 the feeling of being offended or resentful after a slight or indignity my resentment at being spoken to like I'm stupid Synonyms of resentment dudgeon, huff, miff, offense (or offence), peeve, pique, umbrageWords Related to resentment aggravation, anger, annoyance, bother, botheration, discomfort, exasperation, frustration, grief, irritation, vexation; agitation, angriness, displeasure, distress, disturbance, indignation, irateness, ire, outrage, perturbation, upset; dander, temper; fit, pet, pouts, sulk(s), tantrum, tizzy; affront, barb, brickbat, dig, indignity, insult, put-down, slap, slight, slurNear Antonyms of resentment satisfaction; appeasement, mollification, pacification; contentment, delight, gratification, happiness, pleasure

Synonym Discussion of resentment

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

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