Definition of resent in English:

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Pronunciation: /rəˈzent/


[with object]
Feel bitterness or indignation at (a circumstance, action, or person): she resented the fact that I had children
More example sentences
  • 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.
begrudge, feel aggrieved at/about, feel bitter about, grudge, be annoyed at/about, be resentful of, dislike, take exception to, object to, take amiss, take offense at, take umbrage at, bear/harbor a grudge about


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'.

  • The word resent is from obsolete French resentir, from re- serving as an intensifier and sentir ‘to feel’, from Latin sentire. The early sense was ‘experience (an emotion or sensation)’ which later developed into ‘feel deeply’, giving rise to ‘feel aggrieved by’.

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Syllabification: re·sent

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