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[ri-zent] /rɪˈzɛnt/
verb (used with object)
to feel or show displeasure or indignation at (a person, act, remark, etc.) from a sense of injury or insult.
Origin of resent
1595-1605; < French ressentir to be angry < Old French resentir, equivalent to re- re- + sentir to feel < Latin sentīre; see sense
Related forms
resentingly, adverb
resentive, adjective
unresented, adjective
unresenting, adjective
Can be confused
begrudge, regret, resent (see synonym study at regret) Unabridged
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  • And now that for the first time he was sure of her love, he resented it.

    Night and Day Virginia Woolf
  • It had come too quickly, and Irishmen, both north and south, resented it.

    The Golden Judge Nathaniel Gordon
  • But this snakelike warrior was not to remain long in peace and quiet, for he resented the control of the whites.

    Famous Indian Chiefs Charles H. L. Johnston
  • They brooked no opposition at home, and resented all criticism abroad.

    The Negro and the Nation George S. Merriam
  • But if she resented his tone and his words, she stifled her resentment.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for resented


(transitive) to feel bitter, indignant, or aggrieved at
Word Origin
C17: from French ressentir, from re- + sentir to feel, from Latin sentīre to perceive; see sense
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Word Origin and History for resented



"take (something) ill; be in some degree angry or provoked at," c.1600, from French ressentir "feel pain, regret," from Old French resentir "feel again, feel in turn" (13c.), from re-, intensive prefix, + sentir "to feel," from Latin sentire (see sense (n.)). Related: Resented; resenting.

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