Definition of resentment in English:

resentment

noun

mass noun
  • Bitter indignation at having been treated unfairly.

    ‘his resentment at being demoted’
    count noun ‘some people harbour resentments going back many years’
    • ‘I wonder if their fear is really jealousy and resentment at the initiative of today's generation.’
    • ‘Already, its callous indifference to the plight of the local population is fuelling growing resentment.’
    • ‘There is no reason to think she or her father harboured any resentment.’
    • ‘The grief would be intense and there would be feelings and anger and resentment.’
    • ‘She'd torment me in the usual ways, leading to a great deal of resentment on my part.’
    • ‘Envy and resentment of other peoples' success is something that's liable to make me cross.’
    • ‘The lack of aid, bureaucratic indifference and outright corruption has fuelled widespread resentment and anger.’
    • ‘There was a lot of seething resentment, and a lot of hatred in the air.’
    • ‘In doing this, he exploited widespread public resentment of corruption and nepotism.’
    • ‘This can inhibit communication and lead to unresolved resentment and bitterness.’
    • ‘Economic and social insecurity fostered widespread popular resentment as people searched for scapegoats to explain their hardships.’
    • ‘And it was impossible not to pick up a hint of resentment in his voice.’
    • ‘There is no anger or resentment, just an acknowledgment that the situation is different.’
    • ‘Sonia harbors a deep resentment towards her father, which solidifies her relationship with her mother.’
    • ‘As a customer, I am obviously outraged that she treats me with such seething resentment.’
    • ‘There is much poverty and anguish in the world, and it breeds resentment and envy.’
    • ‘Breeding enough birds became a large industry and the crops consumed by the birds caused bitter resentment.’
    • ‘Tax amnesties inevitably give rise to resentment on the part of most law-abiding citizens.’
    • ‘In this situation we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment.’
    • ‘Holding grudges and resentment against others will only serve to limit your higher development.’
    bitterness, indignation, irritation, pique, displeasure, dissatisfaction, disgruntlement, discontentment, discontent, resentfulness, bad feelings, hard feelings, ill feelings, acrimony, rancour, animosity, hostility, jaundice, antipathy, antagonism, enmity, hatred, hate
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Origin

Early 17th century: from Italian risentimento or French ressentiment, from obsolete French resentir (see resent).

Pronunciation

resentment

/rɪˈzɛntm(ə)nt/