Definition of resent in English:



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

    ‘she resented the fact that I had children’
    • ‘Pam had been introduced to Natalie by a mutual friend and Steven began to resent her.’
    • ‘Philippa, on the other hand, was extremely sulky and didn't even try to hide the fact she resented me.’
    • ‘Martin, as well as her other son Benjamin, resented their mother joining politics.’
    • ‘He resents her for this, but secretly I know he is grateful.’
    • ‘They resent us for our power and at the same time expect us to be capable of everything.’
    • ‘He feels guilt over that, but he also resents you for bringing something like this up at such a crucial point in the journey.’
    • ‘It was almost as if writing movies had given people one more reason to hate me, or dislike or resent me.’
    • ‘I mean how can you ever feel comfortable living in a house with someone who hates and resents you?’
    • ‘Although he resented his father for the neglect of the family he joined him as a fisherman when he was sixteen.’
    • ‘In truth, I rather resented the travellers having blocked my cycle route.’
    • ‘In standing up against the injustices, we have obviously hurt them and they resent us.’
    • ‘Most of the population resents the rich foreigners, even though their living depends on tourism.’
    • ‘Perhaps she resents him for monopolizing her mother's attention and affection after the divorce.’
    • ‘Rather than resenting us for getting ‘special’ treatment, why not back us up?’
    • ‘But when I get inside my flat, I can still smell his smoke, and I feel myself resenting him for it.’
    • ‘If you're always late on completing things, people stop relying on you, start resenting you and begin to bypass you.’
    • ‘We are resented for our arrogance in assuming that people should speak English.’
    • ‘As James never wanted a new mom, he resents Mary and won't allow her into his life.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She'd grown cold against him, resenting him because he had a good job whilst she'd chosen to be a housewife.’
    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.