Definition of resentment noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//rɪˈzentmənt//
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈzentmənt//
[uncountable, singular]
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a feeling of anger or unhappiness about something that you think is unfair to feel/harbour/bear resentment towards/against somebody She could not conceal the deep resentment she felt at the way she had been treated. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from Italian risentimento or French ressentiment, from obsolete French resentir, from re- (expressing intensive force) + sentir ‘feel’ (from Latin sentire).Extra examples He struggled to contain his resentment. I bore him no resentment. I felt great resentment at having to work such long hours. I felt no resentment towards/​toward him. Inequality breeds resentment. Maggie was filled with resentment about her treatment. She felt all her old resentment flaring up. The measures fuelled resentment among students. You seem to be harbouring some resentment against your boss. the bitter resentment between the two brothers the growing resentment against foreigners their resentment towards each other He felt a flash of resentment towards Helen. Old grievances and resentments came to the surface.
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