Definition of resentful in English:



  • Feeling or expressing bitterness or indignation at having been treated unfairly.

    ‘he was angry and resentful of their intrusion’
    • ‘Andrei is pleased to see his father again, but Ivan is bitter and resentful.’
    • ‘She soon became resentful of her entrapment within a working-class community where she never felt at home.’
    • ‘Only a few short weeks ago I would have said that I leave here bitter and resentful.’
    • ‘Edith's sense of humour, her warmth and her refusal to be resentful make her a survivor in the true sense of the word.’
    • ‘It would be easy to have negative feelings at this moment in time but I think you only hurt yourself and become bitter and resentful.’
    • ‘If I do that, it will make him sullen and resentful and unmotivated to control his desire to hit when he is angry.’
    • ‘He never wants to come off sounding bitter or resentful over opportunities lost.’
    • ‘It made her bitter and resentful towards him, and all the more rebellious.’
    • ‘A part of me also was hurt, resentful and angry about his comments and accusations.’
    • ‘Staff in the hospitals and diagnostic practices also became resentful, and many resigned.’
    • ‘They are already resentful of paying so many other government imposed duties on everyday life.’
    • ‘Even if he says yes, your fiancé will always feel slightly resentful.’
    • ‘She said he had committed the offences after becoming resentful at the way he felt he was being treated.’
    • ‘It was by far the busiest bar and restaurant in town, and smokers weren't resentful about having to take regular trips outside.’
    • ‘They're angry and resentful about the situation and primed for an angry response.’
    • ‘People who weren't interested said as much, and people who stopped to talk didn't seem at all resentful.’
    • ‘I get such resentful feelings towards his dad for not being here to lighten my load, or at least to lend a hand in those desperate moments.’
    • ‘Here was a man who had every reason to feel angry, resentful and bitter.’
    • ‘What was morbidly fascinating was the resentful resistance of the other couple to this patently superior lifestyle.’
    • ‘Bitter, resentful and increasingly unstable, Jackie watches her life crumble.’
    aggrieved, indignant, irritated, exasperated, piqued, put out, in high dudgeon, displeased, dissatisfied, disgruntled, discontented, malcontent, offended, bitter, hostile, acrimonious, rancorous, spiteful, jaundiced
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