a feeling of bitter anger or resentment together with a sense of frustration at being powerless to express this hostility overtly
Origin of ressentimentFr, literally , resentment
A generalized feeling of resentment and often hostility harbored by one individual or group against another, especially chronically and with no means of direct expression.
Origin of ressentimentFrench, resentment, from Old French ressentement, from resentir, to feel strongly; see resent.
- (chiefly social psychology) A sense of resentment arising from suppressed feelings of envy and hatred, often leading to a frustrated sense of inferiority that may lead to various social repercussions. [from 19th c.]