Meaning of resentment


Resentment, or the strong and painful bitterness you feel when someone does something wrong to you, doesn’t have actual physical weight, but it feels very heavy and can last a long time. Forgiveness is one way to get rid of resentment.

Sometimes resentment lasts for years. It can be strong and hard to pull out, like an old, gnarled tree root. While resentment over being wronged can come from just one act against you, it also can get stronger over time, as in “your growing resentment might just come from the fact that the team captain always picks you last.” It also comes from misunderstandings, like feeling resentment over a dirty look you thought was directed at you but really wasn’t. It’s usually best to root out resentment early.

Definitions of resentment
  1. noun

    a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will


    bitterness, gall, rancor, rancour

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    intense resentment
    huffishness, sulkiness

    a feeling of sulky resentment
    grievance, grudge, score

    a resentment strong enough to justify retaliation
    enviousness, envy

    a feeling of grudging admiration and desire to have something that is possessed by another

    an envious eagerness to possess something
    green-eyed monster, jealousy

    a feeling of jealous envy (especially of a rival)
    penis envy

    (psychoanalysis) a female’s presumed envy of the male’s penis; said to explain femininity
    type of:

    enmity, hostility, ill will

    the feeling of a hostile person

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