resentful

adjective

re·​sent·​ful ri-ˈzent-fəl How to pronounce resentful (audio)
1
: full of resentment : inclined to resent
felt resentful of her success
2
: caused or marked by resentment
resentful anger
resentfully adverb
resentfulness noun

Example Sentences

She is resentful about being demoted. She gave me a resentful glare. a resentful letter to the editor
Recent Examples on the Web But while the Charles of season 4 was resentful, awkward and out of touch—a performance that earned actor Josh O’Connor an Emmy award—the Charles of season 5, portrayed by Dominic West, is far more open and personable. Ashley Wong, WSJ, 9 Nov. 2022 Its fantasias are more melancholic, its themes of longing more resentful. Allaire Nuss, EW.com, 7 Nov. 2022 Would Black Angelenos be resentful if denied an opportunity to elect the city’s second Black mayor? Erika D. Smithcolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 7 Nov. 2022 There is plenty of evidence that envy—the resentful longing for what someone else possesses—can give you a little bit of hell or purgatory in the here and now. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 20 Oct. 2022 However, giving in might also leave you feeling resentful, disrespected, and jerked around. Chicago Tribune, 22 Aug. 2022 In this Frank Capra classic, Jimmy Stewart plays overwhelmed and overburdened family man, George Bailey, who is resentful about all the dreams and opportunities that have passed him by over the years. Sophie Van Bastelaer, EW.com, 22 Sep. 2022 In the story, an immigrant mother is resentful that her daughter, a fiction writer, writes mother characters that appear to her as easy caricatures of sacrifice and suffering. WIRED, 14 Sep. 2022 But Criston, indebted to Alicent for saving his life and forgiving his crimes, is now utterly loyal to the queen and disturbingly resentful of Rhaenyra, hurling misogynistic insults that go too far even for Alicent. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 25 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of resentful was in 1656

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“Resentful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/resentful. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

resentful

adjective

re·​sent·​ful ri-ˈzent-fəl How to pronounce resentful (audio)
1
: full of resentment
felt resentful of her success
2
: caused or marked by resentment
a resentful reply to a letter
resentfully adverb
resentfulness noun

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