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Meaning of RESENTMENT

Pronunciation:  ri'zentmunt

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will
 

RESENTMENT is a 10 letter word that starts with R.

 

 Synonyms: bitterness, gall, rancor, rancour
 
 See Also: enmity, enviousness, envy, grievance, grudge, heartburning, hostility, huffishness, ill will, score, sulkiness, the green-eyed monster

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Re*sent"ment\ (-ment), n. [F. ressentiment.]
1. The act of resenting.

2. 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. [Obs.]

         He retains vivid resentments of the more solid
         morality.                             --Dr. H. More.

         It is a greater wonder that so many of them die,
         with so little resentment of their danger. --Jer.
                                               Taylor.

3. In a good sense, satisfaction; gratitude. [Obs.]

         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.                             --The Council
                                               Book (1651).

4. In a bad sense, strong displeasure; anger; hostility
   provoked by a wrong or injury experienced.

         Resentment . . . is a deep, reflective displeasure
         against the conduct of the offender.  --Cogan.

Syn: Anger; irritation; vexation; displeasure; grudge;
     indignation; choler; gall; ire; wrath; rage; fury.

Usage: {Resentment}, {Anger}. Anger is the broader term,
       denoting a keen sense of disapprobation (usually with
       a desire to punish) for whatever we feel to be wrong,
       whether directed toward ourselves or others.
       Resentment is anger exicted by a sense of personal
       injury. It is, etymologically, that reaction of the
       mind which we instinctively feel when we think
       ourselves wronged. Pride and selfishness are apt to
       aggravate this feeling until it changes into a
       criminal animosity; and this is now the more common
       signification of the term. Being founded in a sense of
       injury, this feeling is hard to be removed; and hence
       the expressions bitter or implacable resentment. See
       {Anger}.

             Anger is like A full-hot horse, who being
             allowed his way, Self-mettle tires him. --Shak.

             Can heavently minds such high resentment show,
             Or exercise their spite in human woe? --Dryden.

 

 

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