Definition of resent in English:



  • Feel bitterness or indignation at (a circumstance, action, or person)

    ‘she resented the fact that I had children’
    • ‘If you're always late on completing things, people stop relying on you, start resenting you and begin to bypass you.’
    • ‘They resent us for our power and at the same time expect us to be capable of everything.’
    • ‘In truth, I rather resented the travellers having blocked my cycle route.’
    • ‘But when I get inside my flat, I can still smell his smoke, and I feel myself resenting him for it.’
    • ‘We are resented for our arrogance in assuming that people should speak English.’
    • ‘Pam had been introduced to Natalie by a mutual friend and Steven began to resent her.’
    • ‘In standing up against the injustices, we have obviously hurt them and they resent us.’
    • ‘What hurt the most was the fact she had warned me about my feelings in the first place… and now I was resenting her for my own mistake.’
    • ‘Martin, as well as her other son Benjamin, resented their mother joining politics.’
    • ‘Perhaps she resents him for monopolizing her mother's attention and affection after the divorce.’
    • ‘Philippa, on the other hand, was extremely sulky and didn't even try to hide the fact she resented me.’
    • ‘Most of the population resents the rich foreigners, even though their living depends on tourism.’
    • ‘It was almost as if writing movies had given people one more reason to hate me, or dislike or resent me.’
    • ‘As James never wanted a new mom, he resents Mary and won't allow her into his life.’
    • ‘I mean how can you ever feel comfortable living in a house with someone who hates and resents you?’
    • ‘He feels guilt over that, but he also resents you for bringing something like this up at such a crucial point in the journey.’
    • ‘He resents her for this, but secretly I know he is grateful.’
    • ‘She'd grown cold against him, resenting him because he had a good job whilst she'd chosen to be a housewife.’
    • ‘Rather than resenting us for getting ‘special’ treatment, why not back us up?’
    • ‘Although he resented his father for the neglect of the family he joined him as a fisherman when he was sixteen.’
    begrudge, feel aggrieved about, feel aggrieved at, feel bitter about, grudge, be annoyed about, be annoyed at, be angry about, be angry at, be resentful of, dislike, be displeased about, be displeased at, take exception to, object to, be offended by, take amiss, take offence at, take umbrage at
    envy, feel envious of, feel jealous of
    bear a grudge about, harbour a grudge about
    take something ill
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Late 16th century: from obsolete French resentir, from re- (expressing intensive force) + sentir feel (from Latin sentire). The early sense was ‘experience an emotion or sensation’, later ‘feel deeply’, giving rise to ‘feel aggrieved by’.