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[ French ruh-sahn-tee-mahn ]
/ French rə sɑ̃ tiˈmɑ̃ /


any cautious, defeatist, or cynical attitude based on the belief that the individual and human institutions exist in a hostile or indifferent universe or society.
an oppressive awareness of the futility of trying to improve one's status in life or in society.

Nearby words

responsiveness, responsor, responsory, responsum, respray, ressentiment, rest, rest area, rest assured, rest cure, rest energy

Origin of ressentiment

From French, dating back to 1940–45; see origin at resentment Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for ressentiment



1943, a word from Nietzsche, from German ressentiment, from French ressentiment (see resentment). The French word also was borrowed as obsolete English resentiment (16c.) "feeling or sense (of something); state of being deeply affected by (something); resentment."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper