Ressentiment meaning

rə-säɴtē-mäɴ
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.
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A feeling of bitter anger or resentment together with a sense of frustration at being powerless to express this hostility overtly.
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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.
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(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.]
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Origin of ressentiment

  • French resentment from Old French ressentement from resentir to feel strongly resent

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From the French ressentiment, in the second sense after the German Ressentiment. Compare resentment.

    From Wiktionary