Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Indignation or ill will stemming from a feeling of having been wronged or offended. synonym: anger.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of feeling or perceiving; strong or clear sensation, feeling, or perception; conviction; impression.
  • noun The sense of what is done to one, whether good or evil.
  • noun A deep sense of injury; the excitement of passion which proceeds from a sense of wrong offered to one's self or one's kindred or friends; strong displeasure; anger.
  • noun Synonyms Vexation, Indignation (see anger), irritation, rankling, grudge, heart-burning, animosity, vindictiveness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of resenting.
  • noun obsolete The state of holding something in the mind as a subject of contemplation, or of being inclined to reflect upon something; a state of consciousness; conviction; feeling; impression.
  • noun obsolete In a good sense, satisfaction; gratitude.
  • noun In a bad sense, strong displeasure; anger; hostility provoked by a wrong or injury experienced.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A feeling of anger or displeasure stemming from belief that one has been wronged by others or betrayed; indignation.
  • noun obsolete The state of holding something in the mind as a subject of contemplation, or of being inclined to reflect upon it; feeling; impression.
  • noun obsolete satisfaction; gratitude

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French ressentiment, from ressentir

Examples

  • I think the resentment is a significant thing to consider when you evaluate AA policies, but in the end I think that an America without any AA policies in some form is a worse-off America.

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  • The ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) is hoping to cash in on what it calls resentment among people at the Tatas being forced to wind up the project here in Hooghly district due to sustained protests by farmers allied to the Trinamool Congress.

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  • This kind of resentment is strange, to say the least, because despite the fact that the State of São Paulo has the biggest GDP and population in Brazil, and the most multiethnic and ‘transbrazilian’ metropolis in the country, only a small number of Presidents of Brazil have come from São Paulo.

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  • There's a lot of resentment towards America in the rest of the world today, and "resentment" is putting it mildly.

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  • At the same time, resentment is brewing in nations like Sweden over a rising tide of Muslim immigrants and the reluctance of some to adopt local customs, testing the limits of tolerance in some of the world's most open-minded societies.

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  • At the same time, resentment is brewing in nations like Sweden over a rising tide of Muslim immigrants and the reluctance of some to adopt local customs, testing the limits of tolerance in some of the world's most open-minded societies.

    Anti-Muslim feelings propel right wing in Europe

  • But it also led to a certain resentment, over the course of 2008.

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  • Keep talking after his face has pinched up in resentment and disgust, because you are RUINING his day and his BEER and his FUNNY.

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  • But he adds that resentment is high against foreigners, especially among the millions of unemployed South Africans who live in shacks without water or sanitation.

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  • The resentment is palpable and vociferous and unlimited.

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