re·​sent·​ment ri-ˈzent-mənt How to pronounce resentment (audio)
: a feeling of indignant displeasure or persistent ill will at something regarded as a wrong, insult, or injury
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Example Sentences

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 To some Afghans who could not enter it, the impenetrable void that sprawled across central Kabul was a source of deep resentment — an alien presence disrupting daily life. Christina Goldbaum, New York Times, 15 Feb. 2023 Those subjected to months of uncertainty are apt to feel some measure of resentment, Ryan said. Jo Constantz, Fortune, 17 Jan. 2023 The politics of resentment come through loud and clear from the bill's primary sponsor, State Senator Jim Anderson. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 16 Jan. 2023 Those who stayed in their role may have ended up feeling undervalued or unfairly treated, which can lead to a spreading sense of resentment and a lack of motivation within a workforce. Bianca London, Glamour, 13 Jan. 2023 The rest is just various life stages of resentment. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 5 Jan. 2023 Another woman, Carolina, echoed that sense of resentment when reflecting back on a moment when her husband had gifted her a photo album featuring images of their newborn. Jacqui Palumbo, CNN, 13 Dec. 2022 There is also deep resentment at Hamas’ leaders for leaving the Strip or hiding out in bunkers, while civilians suffer the casualties from these on-going flare-ups. Ruth Marks Eglash, Fox News, 13 Feb. 2023 But on some level, there is definitely a resentment toward the way Cameron treats him. Ethan Shanfeld, Variety, 20 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1619, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of resentment was in 1619

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Cite this Entry

“Resentment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Mar. 2023.

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re·​sent·​ment ri-ˈzent-mənt How to pronounce resentment (audio)
: a feeling of angry displeasure at something regarded as a wrong, insult, or injury

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