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ressentiment

[ French ruh-sahn-tee-mahn ]
/ French rə sɑ̃ tiˈmɑ̃ /
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noun
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.
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Origin of ressentiment

From French, dating back to 1940–45; see origin at resentment

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How to use ressentiment in a sentence

  • Il voyait, sans le moindre ressentiment, la figure austère de son père, conservateur des hypothèques.

    Histoires grises|E. Edouard Tavernier
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