the feeling of displeasure or indignation at some act, remark, person, etc., regarded as causing injury or insult.

Origin of resentment

1610–20; < French ressentiment, Middle French resentiment, equivalent to resenti(r) to resent + -ment -ment
Related formsself-re·sent·ment, noun

Synonyms for resentment Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for resentment

Contemporary Examples of resentment

Historical Examples of resentment

  • Harriett had a little shock of dismay and resentment, hating change.

  • By expecting it from others half our resentment is forestalled.

  • The face of the Gascon darkened, and his eyes flashed with resentment.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • She dropped into her chair, with a flash of resentment at the proximity of the other table.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • But she is cunning in love's ways and dulls Shakespeare's resentment with "I don't hate you."

British Dictionary definitions for resentment



anger, bitterness, or ill will
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Word Origin and History for resentment

1610s, from French ressentiment (16c.), verbal noun from ressentir (see resent).

"Ridicule often parries resentment, but resentment never yet parried ridicule." [Walter Savage Landor, "Imaginary Conversations"]
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