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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Resentment  \Re*sent"ment\  (-ment),  n.  [F.  ressentiment.] 
  1.  The  act  of  resenting. 
  2.  The  state  of  holding  something  in  the  mind  as  a  subject  of 
  contemplation,  or  of  being  inclined  to  reflect  upon 
  something  a  state  of  consciousness;  conviction;  feeling; 
  impression.  [Obs.] 
  He  retains  vivid  resentments  of  the  more  solid 
  morality.  --Dr.  H.  More 
  It  is  a  greater  wonder  that  so  many  of  them  die, 
  with  so  little  resentment  of  their  danger.  --Jer. 
  3.  In  a  good  sense  satisfaction;  gratitude.  [Obs.] 
  The  Council  taking  notice  of  the  many  good  services 
  performed  by  Mr  John  Milton,  .  .  .  have  thought  fit 
  to  declare  their  resentment  and  good  acceptance  of 
  the  same  --The  Council 
  Book  (1651). 
  4.  In  a  bad  sense  strong  displeasure;  anger;  hostility 
  provoked  by  a  wrong  or  injury  experienced. 
  Resentment  .  .  .  is  a  deep,  reflective  displeasure 
  against  the  conduct  of  the  offender.  --Cogan. 
  Syn:  Anger;  irritation;  vexation;  displeasure;  grudge; 
  indignation;  choler;  gall;  ire;  wrath;  rage;  fury. 
  Usage:  {Resentment},  {Anger}.  Anger  is  the  broader  term, 
  denoting  a  keen  sense  of  disapprobation  (usually  with 
  a  desire  to  punish)  for  whatever  we  feel  to  be  wrong 
  whether  directed  toward  ourselves  or  others 
  Resentment  is  anger  exicted  by  a  sense  of  personal 
  injury.  It  is  etymologically,  that  reaction  of  the 
  mind  which  we  instinctively  feel  when  we  think 
  ourselves  wronged.  Pride  and  selfishness  are  apt  to 
  aggravate  this  feeling  until  it  changes  into  a 
  criminal  animosity;  and  this  is  now  the  more  common 
  signification  of  the  term.  Being  founded  in  a  sense  of 
  injury,  this  feeling  is  hard  to  be  removed;  and  hence 
  the  expressions  bitter  or  implacable  resentment.  See 
  Anger  is  like  A  full-hot  horse,  who  being 
  allowed  his  way  Self-mettle  tires  him  --Shak. 
  Can  heavently  minds  such  high  resentment  show 
  Or  exercise  their  spite  in  human  woe?  --Dryden. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  a  feeling  of  deep  and  bitter  anger  and  ill-will  [syn:  {bitterness}, 
  {gall},  {rancor},  {rancour}] 

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