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Etymology 1 edit

From Middle French ressentir, resentir, from Old French resentir (Modern ressentir), from re- + sentir (to feel).

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  • IPA(key): /ɹiˈzɛnt/, /ɹɪˈzɛnt/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛnt

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resent (third-person singular simple present resents, present participle resenting, simple past and past participle resented)

  1. (transitive) To feel resentment over; to consider as an affront.
    The bride greatly resented being left at the church.
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 2, in A Cuckoo in the Nest[1]:
      Mother very rightly resented the slightest hint of condescension. She considered that the exclusiveness of Peter's circle was due not to its distinction, but to the fact that it was an inner Babylon of prodigality and whoredom, [] .
  2. (transitive) To express displeasure or indignation at.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To be sensible of; to feel.
  4. (transitive, obsolete) In a positive sense, to take well; to receive with satisfaction.
    • 1658, Thomas Browne, “(please specify the page)”, in Hydriotaphia, Urne-buriall, [] Together with The Garden of Cyrus, [], London: [] Hen[ry] Brome [], →OCLC:
      [] which makes the tragical ends of noble persons more favorably resented by compassionate readers.
  5. (obsolete) To recognize; to perceive, especially as if by smelling; -- associated in meaning with sent, the older spelling of scent, to smell. See resent (intransitive verb).
    • 1642, Thomas Fuller, “The Witch of Endor”, in The Holy State, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire: [] Roger Daniel for John Williams, [], →OCLC, book V (The Profane State), page 371:
      Perchance as vulturs are ſaid to ſmell the earthlineſſe of a dying corps; ſo this bird of prey reſented a worſe than earthly ſavour in the ſoul of Saul, an evidence of his death at hand.
    • 1639, Thomas Fuller, “The Fortunes of Jerusalem since the Holy Warre; and Her Present Estate”, in The Historie of the Holy Warre, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire: [] Thomas Buck, one of the printers to the Universitie of Cambridge [and sold by John Williams, London], →OCLC, book V (A Supplement of the Historie of the Holy Warre), page 273:
      But our King Henrie the ſeventh (being too good a ſenſer to miſtake a flouriſh for a blow) quickly reſented his drift (which was to perſwade our King to peace, till Charles ſhould perform his projects in little Britain and elſewhere) and dealt with him accordingly.
  6. (obsolete) To give forth an odor; to smell; to savor.
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Etymology 2 edit

See resend.

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  1. simple past and past participle of resend
    The package was resent, this time with the correct postage.

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