Definition of Resentment

1. Noun. A feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will.

Exact synonyms: Bitterness, Gall, Rancor, Rancour
Generic synonyms: Enmity, Hostility, Ill Will
Specialized synonyms: Heartburning, Huffishness, Sulkiness, Grievance, Grudge, Score, Enviousness, Envy
Derivative terms: Bitter, Gall, Rancorous, Resent

Definition of Resentment

1. n. The act of resenting.

Definition of Resentment

1. Noun. A feeling of anger or displeasure stemming from belief that one has been wronged by others or betrayed; indignation. ¹

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Definition of Resentment

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Medical Definition of Resentment

1. 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 consciousness; conviction; feeling; impression. "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. "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) Synonym: Anger, irritation, vexation, displeasure, grudge, indignation, choler, gall, ire, wrath, rage, fury. Resentment, Anger. Anger is the broader term, denoting a keen sense of disapprobation (usually with a desire to punish) for watever we feel to be wrong, whether directed toward ourselves or others. Reseniment 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) Origin: F. Ressentiment. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Resentment

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1. The Origin and Development of the Moral Ideas by Edward Westermarck (1906)
"Our explanation of what has here been called " sympathetic resentment," however, is not yet complete. This emotion, as we have seen, may be a reaction ..."

2. Mental Philosophy: Embracing the Three Departments of the Intellect by Thomas Cogswell Upham (1869)
"It may be added, that instinctive resentment has no moral character. ... Of voluntary in distinction from instinctive resentment. ..."

3. English Prose: Selections with Critical Introductions by Various Writers and by Henry Craik (1917)
"Much less will I imitate Mr. B.,1 who has raked together those few words of my Dissertation that had the least air of resentment, 1 Mr. Boyle. ..."

4. The Principles of Morals by Thomas Fowler, John Matthias Wilson (1887)
"Nature, origin, and necessity of the feeling of resentment. ... The term resentment is here selected, as being, perhaps, of all these synonyms, ..."

5. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1843)
"As you regard your allegiance, use every means to appease his resentment, but conduct your negotiation with secrecy ; let it not reach the knowledge of the ..."

6. Twenty Years of Congress: From Lincoln to Garfield ; with a Review of the by James Gillespie Blaine (1884)
"resentment AGAINST ENGLAND. — POPULAR FEELING IN THE UNITED STATES. ... THE civil war closed with ill-feeling amounting to resentment towards England on the ..."

7. The Principles of Moral and Political Philosophy by William Paley (1832)
"resentment. resentment may be distinguished into anger and revenge. By anger, I mean the pain we suffer upon the receipt of an injury or affront, ..."

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