Definition of resentment in English:



  • Bitter indignation at having been treated unfairly.

    ‘his resentment at being demoted’
    ‘some people harbor resentments going back many years’
    • ‘Holding grudges and resentment against others will only serve to limit your higher development.’
    • ‘She'd torment me in the usual ways, leading to a great deal of resentment on my part.’
    • ‘And it was impossible not to pick up a hint of resentment in his voice.’
    • ‘Economic and social insecurity fostered widespread popular resentment as people searched for scapegoats to explain their hardships.’
    • ‘In this situation we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment.’
    • ‘The grief would be intense and there would be feelings and anger and resentment.’
    • ‘There is no anger or resentment, just an acknowledgment that the situation is different.’
    • ‘Envy and resentment of other peoples' success is something that's liable to make me cross.’
    • ‘There was a lot of seething resentment, and a lot of hatred in the air.’
    • ‘I wonder if their fear is really jealousy and resentment at the initiative of today's generation.’
    • ‘In doing this, he exploited widespread public resentment of corruption and nepotism.’
    • ‘Sonia harbors a deep resentment towards her father, which solidifies her relationship with her mother.’
    • ‘Already, its callous indifference to the plight of the local population is fuelling growing resentment.’
    • ‘Breeding enough birds became a large industry and the crops consumed by the birds caused bitter resentment.’
    • ‘The lack of aid, bureaucratic indifference and outright corruption has fuelled widespread resentment and anger.’
    • ‘As a customer, I am obviously outraged that she treats me with such seething resentment.’
    • ‘There is no reason to think she or her father harboured any resentment.’
    • ‘There is much poverty and anguish in the world, and it breeds resentment and envy.’
    • ‘This can inhibit communication and lead to unresolved resentment and bitterness.’
    • ‘Tax amnesties inevitably give rise to resentment on the part of most law-abiding citizens.’
    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
    envy, jealousy, malice, ill will
    grudge, grievance, a chip on one's shoulder
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Early 17th century: from Italian risentimento or French ressentiment, from obsolete French resentir (see resent).