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From French ressentiment, from ressentir


  • IPA(key): /ɹɪˈzɛntmənt/
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  • Hyphenation: re‧sent‧ment


resentment (countable and uncountable, plural resentments)

  1. Anger or displeasure stemming from belief that one has been wronged or betrayed by others; indignation.
    • 2102 August 5, Nathan Rabin, “TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “I Love Lisa” (season 4, episode 15; originally aired 02/11/1993)”, in AV Club[1]:
      “I Love Lisa” opens with one of my favorite underappreciated running jokes from The Simpsons: the passive-aggressive, quietly contentious relationship of radio jocks Bill and Marty, whose mindless happy talk regularly gives way to charged exchanges that betray the simmering resentment and disappointment perpetually lingering just under the surface of their relationship.
    • 1812, Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Chapter 3
      Amongst the most violent against him was Mrs. Bennet, whose dislike of his general behaviour was sharpened into particular resentment by his having slighted one of her daughters.
  2. (obsolete) The state of holding something in the mind as a subject of contemplation, or of being inclined to reflect upon it; feeling; impression.
    • 1688, Henry More, The Divine Dialogues
      He retains so vivid resentments of the more solid morality.
    • 1673, Jeremy Taylor, Heniaytos: A Course of Sermons for All the Sundays of the Year []
      It is a greater wonder that so many of them die, with so little resentment of their danger.
  3. (obsolete) satisfaction; gratitude
    • 1651, The Council Book
      The Council taking notice of the many good services performed by Mr. John Milton [] have thought fit to declare their resentment and good acceptance of the same.


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