Definition of ressentiment in English:

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Pronunciation: /rəˈsɒ̃tɪmɒ̃/


[mass noun]
A psychological state resulting from suppressed feelings of envy and hatred which cannot be satisfied.
Example sentences
  • Such objections can reveal the objectors' ressentiment, but they can also contain some truth.
  • The revolt in social ethics begins when ressentiment turns creative and gives death to values-the ressentiment of beings who, deprived of the direct outlet of creativity, compensate by an all too real vengeance.
  • No doubt there is ressentiment, but it is ressentiment with a multitude of reasons that we need to understand, if not accept.


Via German (used by Nietzsche in this sense) from French ressentiment 'feeling'.

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