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Indignation or ill will stemming from a feeling of having been wronged or offended. See Synonyms at anger.
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anger, bitterness, or ill will
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(rɪˈzɛnt mənt)

a feeling of displeasure or indignation at someone or something regarded as the cause of injury or insult; pique; irritation.
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dog in the manger A person who out of pure spite prevents others from using or enjoying something that he himself does not need or want. The allusion is to the fable of a dog who situated himself in a manger and selfishly would not allow the ox or horse to feed on the hay it contained. This expression has been in use since at least the late 1500s.

gall and wormwood Feelings of intense bitterness and deep resentment; rancor, hostility, or hardness of heart. Both gall and wormwood refer to bitter substances—the former to bile and the latter to a bitter herb. The earliest use of the phrase gall and wormwood appears in Lamentations 3:19.

Remembering mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall.

Today the phrase is heard more often in literary contexts than in everyday speech.

the green-eyed monster Jealousy. This epithet was coined by Shakespeare; lago uses it when warning Othello of the destructive nature of jealousy:

Oh, beware, my lord, of jealousy. It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock
The meat it feeds on. (III, iii)

Green-eyed ‘jealous’ and green with envy are common variants.

put [someone’s] nose out of joint See HUMILIATION.

sour grapes Disdain or contempt affected as a rationale for that which one does not or cannot have; envy, resentment. This expression is derived from Aesop’s fable of The Fox and the Grapes, in which a hungry fox, unable to reach a cluster of grapes after repeated attempts, finally gives up and leaves, justifying his failure by telling himself that the grapes were undoubtedly sour anyway.

I have never been able to understand the fascination which makes my brother Philip and others wish to spend their entire lives in this neighbourhood. I once said as much to Hannah, and she replied that it was sour grapes on my part. (C. P. Snow, Conscience of the Rich, 1958)

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.resentment - a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-willresentment - a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will
ill will, enmity, hostility - the feeling of a hostile person; "he could no longer contain his hostility"
heartburning - intense resentment; "his promotion caused much heartburning among his rivals"
huffishness, sulkiness - a feeling of sulky resentment
grievance, grudge, score - a resentment strong enough to justify retaliation; "holding a grudge"; "settling a score"
enviousness, envy - a feeling of grudging admiration and desire to have something that is possessed by another
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noun bitterness, indignation, ill feeling, ill will, hurt, anger, rage, fury, irritation, grudge, wrath, malice, animosity, huff, ire, displeasure, pique, rancour, bad blood, umbrage, vexation, chip on your shoulder (informal) Rigid policing can only feed resentment and undermine confidence.
"It is very difficult to get up resentment towards persons whom one has never seen" [Cardinal Newman Apologia pro Vita Sua]
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1. Extreme displeasure caused by an insult or slight:
2. The quality or state of feeling bitter:
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[rɪˈzentmənt] Nresentimiento m, rencor m (about por) I feel no resentment towards himno le guardo rencor, no estoy resentido con él
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[rɪˈzɛntmənt] nressentiment m
to cause a lot of resentment → provoquer beaucoup de ressentiment
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nÄrger m no pl, → Groll m no pl (→ of über +acc)
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[rɪˈzɛntmənt] nrisentimento
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(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.
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n. resentimiento, rencor.
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Allen expressed himself on the occasion with the reasonable resentment of a sensible friend; and Mrs.
Are not popular assemblies frequently subject to the impulses of rage, resentment, jealousy, avarice, and of other irregular and violent propensities?
Sometimes I surprise a look in her eyes that seems to show resentment and dislike--it goes so quickly--but I've seen it, I'm sure of that.
The natural strength and firmness of his nature was beginning to assert itself, urged by the double stimulus of resentment against his aunts, and the sense that he must behave like a man and take care of his mother.
Harriet expressed herself very much as might be supposed, without reproaches, or apparent sense of illusage; and yet Emma fancied there was a something of resentment, a something bordering on it in her style, which increased the desirableness of their being separate.
I read it with a tempered pleasure, and with a vague resentment of its trespass upon Thomson's ground in the division of its parts under the names of the seasons.
The squatter turned slowly from his offending son, and cast an eye, that still lowered with deep resentment upward; but which, the instant it caught a view of the object that now attracted the attention of all around him, changed its expression to one of astonishment and dismay.
In spite of her deeply-rooted dislike, she could not be insensible to the compliment of such a man's affection, and though her intentions did not vary for an instant, she was at first sorry for the pain he was to receive; till, roused to resentment by his subsequent language, she lost all compassion in anger.
Such is the resentment of the people against the Stamp- Duty, that there can be no dependence upon the General Court to take any steps to enforce, or rather advise, to the payment of it.
And there has never been a day when the women have not resented man's use of alcohol, though they have never had the power to give weight to their resentment. The moment women get the vote in any community, the first thing they proceed to do is to close the saloons.
He expressed, indeed, so much resentment against an unforgiving temper, that the captain at last pretended to be convinced by his arguments, and outwardly professed to be reconciled.
This being done he was able to dissemble his resentment with a sign of affection, and the earth was his and the fulness thereof.