Definition of resentful in English:



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

    ‘he was angry and resentful of their intrusion’
    • ‘People who weren't interested said as much, and people who stopped to talk didn't seem at all resentful.’
    • ‘Even if he says yes, your fiancé will always feel slightly resentful.’
    • ‘Bitter, resentful and increasingly unstable, Jackie watches her life crumble.’
    • ‘Andrei is pleased to see his father again, but Ivan is bitter and resentful.’
    • ‘They are already resentful of paying so many other government imposed duties on everyday life.’
    • ‘A part of me also was hurt, resentful and angry about his comments and accusations.’
    • ‘She soon became resentful of her entrapment within a working-class community where she never felt at home.’
    • ‘What was morbidly fascinating was the resentful resistance of the other couple to this patently superior lifestyle.’
    • ‘They're angry and resentful about the situation and primed for an angry response.’
    • ‘It was by far the busiest bar and restaurant in town, and smokers weren't resentful about having to take regular trips outside.’
    • ‘He never wants to come off sounding bitter or resentful over opportunities lost.’
    • ‘She said he had committed the offences after becoming resentful at the way he felt he was being treated.’
    • ‘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 made her bitter and resentful towards him, and all the more rebellious.’
    • ‘Staff in the hospitals and diagnostic practices also became resentful, and many resigned.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Only a few short weeks ago I would have said that I leave here 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.’
    aggrieved, indignant, irritated, exasperated, piqued, put out, in high dudgeon, displeased, dissatisfied, disgruntled, discontented, malcontent, offended, bitter, hostile, acrimonious, rancorous, spiteful, jaundiced
    envious, jealous, grudging, begrudging
    sullen, sulky, sour, fed up, huffy, in a huff, irked
    miffed, miffy, peeved, mad, aggravated
    pissed off
    snuffy, wroth
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