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Etymology 1Edit

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


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


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.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Bolingbroke
      The good prince King James [] bore dishonourably what he might have resented safely.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To be sensible of; to feel.
  4. (transitive, obsolete) In a positive sense, to take well; to receive with satisfaction.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Sir Thomas Browne
      [] 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).
    • (Can we date this quote?) Fuller
      This bird of prey resented a worse than earthly savour in the soul of Saul.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Fuller
      Our King Henry the Seventh quickly resented his drift.
  6. (obsolete) To give forth an odor; to smell; to savor.

Etymology 2Edit

See resend.




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

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