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Full of, characterized by, or inclined to feel indignant ill will.

re·sent′ful·ly adv.
re·sent′ful·ness n.
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The quality or state of feeling bitter:
إسْتِياء، إمْتِعاض


(riˈzent) verb
to feel annoyed about (something) because one thinks it is unfair, insulting etc. I resent his interference in my affairs.
reˈsentful adjective
having or showing such a feeling of annoyance. She feels resentful that her sister married before she did.
reˈsentfully adverb
reˈsentfulness noun
reˈsentment noun
He has a feeling of resentment against the police after the way he was treated by them.
References in classic literature ?
I growled, much less amused now; but by the time I had decided that this remark was not meant for a dig at me he had worked himself into a high state of resentfulness against Falk.
Self-interest, defensiveness, uncertainty, and resentfulness are characteristic of vulnerability (Pincus and Lukowitsky, 2010; Miller and Campbell, 2008; Wink, 1991).
Personality characteristics that could lead to hostile behavior include self-centeredness, immaturity, resentfulness, or a need for power and control.
Do identify contributing factors Personality characteristics that could lead to hostile behavior include self-centeredness, immaturity resentfulness, or a need for power and control.
They significantly decreased in anger, resentfulness, depression, stress symptoms, time pressure, morale issues, muscle aches, sleeplessness, and headaches.
Their resentfulness and their bored, 'couldn't give a s***' attitudes actually paid off in spades.
The identification and analysis of the county's rural areas from the points of view regarding the severe housing deprivation rate, represents an element of paramount importance in the migration analysis because these can be very useful for determining the attractiveness or the resentfulness regardless the size or the level of development of the town.
Rather, as Staten postulates, "we recognize in Homer's story of Achilles both levels of the economics of ressentiment described by Nietzsche, the empirical level at which Achilles suffers an actual injury for which he demands compensation and, behind this, the transcendental level at which the injury of time--Achilles' death sentence, sealed at birth" is ultimately the cause of his resentfulness.
Sharyan Al-Samei, a 25-year-old vaccination worker who worked in Taiz governorate during the latest polio campaigns, said he saw no objection or resentfulness from the locals in Taiz when he surveyed some of its villages.
In the SQ, used to measure anger, the terms anger and hostility are interchangeable, referring to irritability, annoyance, hatefulness, fury, hot temper, infuriation and rage, belligerence, and resentfulness (Kellner, 1987).
This change continues to challenge me to love unconditionally, to forgive consistently, and to stay true to my calling rather than succumbing to bitterness and resentfulness.
Exile, entailing movement, running away or relocating of people from one social place to another, either willingly or coercively, and transnationalism have become paradoxical as they both generate cultural ambivalence and resentfulness in the exile.