Definition of resentment in English:

resentment

noun

  • Bitter indignation at having been treated unfairly.

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

/rəˈzentmənt//rəˈzɛntmənt/