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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.]
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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.
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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):
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