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transitive verb

[with object]
  • Feel bitterness or indignation at (a circumstance, action, or person)

    ‘she resented the fact that I had children’
    • ‘Pam had been introduced to Natalie by a mutual friend and Steven began to resent her.’
    • ‘If you're always late on completing things, people stop relying on you, start resenting you and begin to bypass you.’
    • ‘Philippa, on the other hand, was extremely sulky and didn't even try to hide the fact she resented me.’
    • ‘It was almost as if writing movies had given people one more reason to hate me, or dislike or resent me.’
    • ‘Most of the population resents the rich foreigners, even though their living depends on tourism.’
    • ‘Rather than resenting us for getting ‘special’ treatment, why not back us up?’
    • ‘But when I get inside my flat, I can still smell his smoke, and I feel myself resenting him for it.’
    • ‘Martin, as well as her other son Benjamin, resented their mother joining politics.’
    • ‘Although he resented his father for the neglect of the family he joined him as a fisherman when he was sixteen.’
    • ‘We are resented for our arrogance in assuming that people should speak English.’
    • ‘They resent us for our power and at the same time expect us to be capable of everything.’
    • ‘In standing up against the injustices, we have obviously hurt them and they resent us.’
    • ‘He resents her for this, but secretly I know he is grateful.’
    • ‘Perhaps she resents him for monopolizing her mother's attention and affection after the divorce.’
    • ‘He feels guilt over that, but he also resents you for bringing something like this up at such a crucial point in the journey.’
    • ‘As James never wanted a new mom, he resents Mary and won't allow her into his life.’
    • ‘I mean how can you ever feel comfortable living in a house with someone who hates and resents you?’
    • ‘What hurt the most was the fact she had warned me about my feelings in the first place… and now I was resenting her for my own mistake.’
    begrudge, feel aggrieved about, feel aggrieved at, feel bitter about, grudge, be annoyed about, be annoyed at, be angry about, be angry at, be resentful of, dislike, be displeased about, be displeased at, take exception to, object to, be offended by, take amiss, take offence at, take umbrage at
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/rəˈzent/ /rəˈzɛnt/


Late 16th century from obsolete French resentir, from re- (expressing intensive force) + sentir ‘feel’ (from Latin sentire). The early sense was ‘experience an emotion or sensation’, later ‘feel deeply’, giving rise to ‘feel aggrieved by’.