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A generalized feeling of resentment and often hostility harbored by one individual or group against another, especially chronically and with no means of direct expression.

[French, resentment, from Old French ressentement, from resentir, to feel strongly; see resent.]


a feeling of resentment and hostility, usually chronic, coupled with an inability to express the feeling or to act to change the situation
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To the loner's ressentiment, Conrad adds the liturgical trappings of a secular religion, to borrow Raymond Aron's term.
Namer souligne qu'en depit de l'idealisme pedagogique d'un tel pari, Mannheim est reste pessimiste quant aux chances de sa realisation, conscient de la persistance et de l'ampleur du ressentiment anti-democratique dans l'ensemble des groupes sociaux sous le regime weimarien (pp.
Beyond Guilt and Atonement is, in part, an attempt to "rehabilitate" not just resentment, but the "man of resentment" (22)--the common assumption that humanity and moral virtue are automatically behind displays of a willingness to forgive, reconcile, and "move on," whereas prolonged display of ressentiment and irreconcilability are the reflex of a morally flawed or deficient character.
Bien qu' il percoive lui aussi un ressentiment a l'encontre de l'Eglise, il constate que les Quebecois continuent d'exprimer un besoin de sacre et de se definir comme des catholiques.
Seeing Lawrence in Nietzschean terms educes a humanist Nietzsche who reads less incisively than he might: it does not seem enough to define ressentiment as 'the desire to take revenge on the past' (p.
Qu'elle se presente comme une explosion tumultueuse ou comme un sourd ressentiment, orge est pour les Anciens la reaction raisonnee d'un acteur social, qui souffre dans son corps aussi bien que dans l'image sociale qu'il s'est donne et au nom d'une attente de justice : on ne reconnait pas cette personne pour celui qu'il veut etre dans le monde.
In addition to Freud's critique of Christ's injunction to love our enemies, we should recall Nietzsche's suspicion that the Christian call to love one's enemies is fueled by impotent hate, by ressentiment. Nietzsche declares (in the voice of his interlocutor):
Elle parlait aussi de sa jalousie presque meurtriere et de son profond ressentiment a l'egard de son frere.
In their public appearances, opposition groups have embodied two of Nietzsche's concepts: schadenfreude, taking pleasure in the suffering of others, and "ressentiment," or blaming others for one's own frustrations.
Right-wing ressentiment over Nixon's downfall helped drive the shift.
Then come two essays on related and very Nietzschean topics in moral psychology: Christopher Janaway's 'Guilt, Bad Conscience, and Self-punishment in Nietzsche's Genealogy' along with 'Ressentiment, Value, and Self-Vindication: Making Sense of Nietzsche's Slave Revolt', from R.
Smith's ongoing treatment of feminine mutilation (and tongue-in-cheek feminist ressentiment) ends in a series of dark bronzes, one of which depicts a woman crouching with her arms outstretched, while a naked, glass-eyed Lilith (1994) hangs upside-down from a wall, as if ready to jump.