Definition of ressentiment in English:


Syllabification: res·sen·ti·ment
Pronunciation: /rəˌsäNtēˈmäN


  • A psychological state arising from suppressed feelings of envy and hatred that cannot be acted upon, frequently resulting in some form of self-abasement.
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    • 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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