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- (transitive) To feel resentment over; to consider as an affront.
- The bride greatly resented being left at the church.
- (transitive) To express displeasure or indignation at.
- 1743, Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke, Remarks on the History of England:
- The good prince King James […] bore dishonourably what he might have resented safely.
- (transitive, obsolete) To be sensible of; to feel.
- (transitive, obsolete) In a positive sense, to take well; to receive with satisfaction.
- 1658, Thomas Browne, “(please specify the page)”, in Hydriotaphia, Urne-buriall, […] Together with The Garden of Cyrus, […], London: […] Hen[ry] Brome […], →OCLC; reprinted as Hydriotaphia (The English Replicas), New York, N.Y.: Payson & Clarke Ltd., 1927, →OCLC:
- […] which makes the tragical ends of noble persons more favorably resented by compassionate readers.
- (obsolete) To recognize; to perceive, especially as if by smelling; -- associated in meaning with sent, the older spelling of scent, to smell. See resent (intransitive verb).
- 1642, Thomas Fuller, “The Witch of Endor”, in The Holy State, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire: […] Roger Daniel for John Williams, […], →OCLC, book V (The Profane State), page 371:
- Perchance as vulturs are ſaid to ſmell the earthlineſſe of a dying corps; ſo this bird of prey reſented a worſe than earthly ſavour in the ſoul of Saul, an evidence of his death at hand.
- 1639, Thomas Fuller, “The Fortunes of Jerusalem since the Holy Warre; and Her Present Estate”, in The Historie of the Holy Warre, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire: […] Thomas Buck, one of the printers to the Universitie of Cambridge [and sold by John Williams, London], →OCLC, book V (A Supplement of the Historie of the Holy Warre), page 273:
- But our King Henrie the ſeventh (being too good a ſenſer to miſtake a flouriſh for a blow) quickly reſented his drift (which was to perſwade our King to peace, till Charles ſhould perform his projects in little Britain and elſewhere) and dealt with him accordingly.
- (obsolete) To give forth an odor; to smell; to savor.
to feel resentment
to express displeasure or indignation at
- “resent”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “resent”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.