Definition of resentment in US English:

resentment

noun

  • Bitter indignation at having been treated unfairly.

    ‘his resentment at being demoted’
    ‘some people harbor resentments going back many years’
    • ‘This can inhibit communication and lead to unresolved resentment and bitterness.’
    • ‘Envy and resentment of other peoples' success is something that's liable to make me cross.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Holding grudges and resentment against others will only serve to limit your higher development.’
    • ‘As a customer, I am obviously outraged that she treats me with such seething resentment.’
    • ‘Tax amnesties inevitably give rise to resentment on the part of most law-abiding citizens.’
    • ‘I wonder if their fear is really jealousy and resentment at the initiative of today's generation.’
    • ‘Sonia harbors a deep resentment towards her father, which solidifies her relationship with her mother.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is no anger or resentment, just an acknowledgment that the situation is different.’
    • ‘Economic and social insecurity fostered widespread popular resentment as people searched for scapegoats to explain their hardships.’
    • ‘She'd torment me in the usual ways, leading to a great deal of resentment on my part.’
    • ‘In doing this, he exploited widespread public resentment of corruption and nepotism.’
    • ‘The grief would be intense and there would be feelings and anger and resentment.’
    • ‘In this situation we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment.’
    • ‘And it was impossible not to pick up a hint of resentment in his voice.’
    • ‘There is much poverty and anguish in the world, and it breeds resentment and envy.’
    • ‘There was a lot of seething resentment, and a lot of hatred in the air.’
    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

/rəˈzɛntmənt//rəˈzentmənt/