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 formsre·sent·ing·ly, adverbre·sent·ive, adjectiveun·re·sent·ed, adjectiveun·re·sent·ing, adjective
Can be confusedbegrudge regret resent (see synonym study at regret)



verb (used with object), re·sent, re·send·ing.

to send again.
to send back.

Origin of resend

First recorded in 1545–55; re- + send1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for resent

Contemporary Examples of resent

Historical Examples of resent

  • Not only do we drop the subject there, but we resent it if everyone else does not drop the subject there.

  • The mitigation of that horror they condemn, resent, and often ascribe to the devil.

  • He followed her, and, because they were old neighbors, she did not resent it when he put his hand on her shoulder.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • By all the wives that he held most sacred, he felt impelled to resent it.

  • She could not be blind to the mute adoration of his gaze; nor could she resent it.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

British Dictionary definitions for resent



(tr) to feel bitter, indignant, or aggrieved at

Word Origin for resent

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 resent

"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.



1550s, from re- + send. Related: Resent; resending.

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