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Indignation or ill will stemming from a feeling of having been wronged or offended. See Synonyms at anger.


anger, bitterness, or ill will


(rɪˈzɛnt mənt)

a feeling of displeasure or indignation at someone or something regarded as the cause of injury or insult; pique; irritation.



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)

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


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]


1. Extreme displeasure caused by an insult or slight:
2. The quality or state of feeling bitter:
إسْتِياء، إمْتِعاض


[rɪˈzentmənt] Nresentimiento m, rencor m (about por) I feel no resentment towards himno le guardo rencor, no estoy resentido con él


[rɪˈzɛntmənt] nressentiment m
to cause a lot of resentment → provoquer beaucoup de ressentiment


nÄrger m no pl, → Groll m no pl (→ of über +acc)


[rɪˈzɛntmənt] nrisentimento


(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.


n. resentimiento, rencor.
References in classic literature ?
Perhaps curiosity might have conquered resentment, if Beth had not been there to inquire and receive a glowing description of the play.
Instinctively the man felt in him a glowing resentment of something he had not the courage to resent.
As Duncan dared not retort upon his accuser by reminding him of his own premeditated treachery, and disdained to deprecate his resentment by any words of apology, he remained silent.
broke forth the Judge, giving way to his resentment, "what is the meaning of all this?
His aspect was most horrible, and such as indicated resentment and fury.
She looked at the money awhile with a steady rising resentment, then she burst out with:
The dog looked foolish, and probably felt so; but there was resentment in his heart, too, and a craving for revenge.
Well, they had no difficulty in recalling that dramatic episode, for it had occurred only a few days before; and a version of it that would have melted the stoniest heart had been presented to every girl in the village by Minnie Smellie herself, who, though it was Rebecca and not she who came off victorious in the bloody battle of words, nursed her resentment and intended to have revenge.
He was too angry to say another word; her manner too decided to invite supplication; and in this state of swelling resentment, and mutually deep mortification, they had to continue together a few minutes longer, for the fears of Mr.
His coldness and reserve mortified her severely; she was vexed and half angry; but resolving to regulate her behaviour to him by the past rather than the present, she avoided every appearance of resentment or displeasure, and treated him as she thought he ought to be treated from the family connection.
Brocklehurst; the whole tenor of their conversation, was recent, raw, and stinging in my mind; I had felt every word as acutely as I had heard it plainly, and a passion of resentment fomented now within me.
About three times, I think, we have been merry and hopeful, as we were the first evening; the rest of my visits were dreary and troubled: now with his selfishness and spite, and now with his sufferings: but I've learned to endure the former with nearly as little resentment as the latter.