re·​sent·​ment | \ ri-ˈzent-mənt How to pronounce resentment (audio) \

Definition of resentment

: a feeling of indignant displeasure or persistent ill will at something regarded as a wrong, insult, or injury

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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

Examples of resentment in a Sentence

She bore bitter feelings of resentment toward her ex-husband. He's filled with resentment at his boss. He expressed his resentment of the new policies.
Recent Examples on the Web Colette is just as impressive as his second wife, Kathleen, who suffers Michael’s outsized personality with simmering stress and resentment. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, 5 May 2022 Some of those who found themselves on the wrong end of these divisions felt the resentment gathering up inside them, awaiting release. New York Times, 28 Apr. 2022 Stewing resentment over a government lockdown in Shanghai is bolstering a fringe idea: independence for China’s most cosmopolitan city. James T. Areddy, WSJ, 23 Apr. 2022 There are other dangers, most notably the loss of locker room camaraderie among players with unequal NIL deals and a widening resentment on campuses between regular students riding bikes and entitled student-athletes driving Porsches. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Apr. 2022 As resentment in the olive oil world continues to simmer, the broader fight over food labels is moving onto new battlefields. Los Angeles Times, 20 Apr. 2022 But it was also brewed from more than 30 years of the Russian leader’s festering resentment of the West and its political systems following the fall of the Soviet Union after the Cold War. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 12 Apr. 2022 While punishments often seem unpredictable and unfair, which can stoke resentment, logical consequences help kids see how their choices affect others. Stephanie H. Murray, The Week, 12 Apr. 2022 There’s no way to build a dam big enough to prevent resentment from leaking into the baseball experience. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of resentment

1619, in the meaning defined above

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“Resentment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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re·​sent·​ment | \ ri-ˈzent-mənt How to pronounce resentment (audio) \

Kids Definition of resentment

: a feeling of angry displeasure at a real or imagined wrong, insult, or injury

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