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) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for resented

dislike, grudge, begrudge

Examples from the Web for resented

Contemporary Examples of resented

Historical Examples of resented

  • Not accustomed to be hurt, it resented hurt when it came the more sorely.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • She would have resented any offer to accompany her, and Mrs. Lynn arose to enter the house.

  • Hardcastle resented the appeal to me, and bid him wait and be damned.

  • What he resented most was just the necessity of taking so much on trust.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • Was she really going to own that she had resented the news of his engagement?

British Dictionary definitions for resented



(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 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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