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[ri-zent-fuh l] /rɪˈzɛnt fəl/
full of or marked by resentment.
Origin of resentful
First recorded in 1645-55; resent + -ful
Related forms
resentfully, adverb
resentfulness, noun
unresentful, adjective
unresentfully, adverb
unresentfulness, noun Unabridged
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  • The bird seemed surprised rather than frightened or resentful.

    The Onslaught from Rigel Fletcher Pratt
  • The skipper then gave three resentful, protesting whistle-blasts.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • It was headed by Greentop, resentful no more, but quacking joyously at the sight of light and shelter.

    Wild Folk Samuel Scoville
  • And at the document which did hand it down he looked with angry and resentful eyes.

    The Country House John Galsworthy
  • Sine reaped uncomprehending and resentful stares when he declined to join them.

    The Metal Moon Everett C. Smith
British Dictionary definitions for resentful


feeling or characterized by resentment
Derived Forms
resentfully, adverb
resentfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for resentful

1650s, from resent + -ful. Related: Resentfully; resentfulness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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