What does Resentment mean?

Definitions for Resentmentrɪˈzɛnt mənt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Resentment.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. resentment, bitterness, gall, rancor, rancour(noun)

    a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will


  1. resentment(Noun)

    A feeling of anger or displeasure stemming from belief that one has been wronged by others or betrayed; indignation.

  2. Origin: From ressentiment, from ressentir

Webster Dictionary

  1. Resentment(noun)

    the act of resenting

  2. Resentment(noun)

    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

  3. Resentment(noun)

    in a good sense, satisfaction; gratitude

  4. Resentment(noun)

    in a bad sense, strong displeasure; anger; hostility provoked by a wrong or injury experienced


  1. Resentment

    Resentment is the experience of a negative emotion felt as a result of a real or imagined wrong done. Etymologically, the word originates from French "ressentir", re-, intensive prefix, and sentir "to feel"; from the Latin "sentire". The English word has become synonymous with anger and spite. Robert C. Solomon, a professor of philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin, places resentment on the same line-continuum with contempt and anger. According to him, the differences between the three emotions are as follows: resentment is directed towards higher-status individuals, anger is directed towards equal-status individuals and contempt is directed towards lower-status individuals. Resentment can be triggered by an emotionally disturbing experience felt again or relived in the mind. When the person feeling resentment is directing the emotion at themself it appears as remorse.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Resentment' in Nouns Frequency: #2876


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Resentment in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Resentment in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Peter McWilliams:

    Resentment is anger directed at others--at what they did or did not do.

  2. Scott Stewart:

    And that’s going to build resentment among the people in the region eventually.

  3. Bryant McGill:

    Any act of violence creates resentment and resistance, because humans were meant to be free.

  4. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Empty yourself of past resentment, anger, and sadness to fill it with love and pure happiness.

  5. Garrison Nelson:

    It is going to be a hard sell, bernie is counting on that -- that degree of resentment and that degree of anger.

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