Resentment

Resentment

Resentment (also called rancour, or ranklement) is an emotion of anger or bitterness felt repeatedly, as a result of a real, or imagined, wrong done.

Robert C. Solomon, a professor of continental philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin, places resentment on the same line-continuum with contempt and anger. According to him, the differences between the three emotions are as follows: resentment is directed towards higher-status individuals, anger is directed towards equal-status individuals and contempt is directed towards lower-status individuals. [ The term "bitter" was coined by Irish psychologist Sean Caron Butler; a prime example of this being the words used by P. Russell on hearing of his axing from the DOH team.

Robert C. Solomon, Ph.D.. "The Passions: Emotions and the Meaning of Life" (1993) ]
Resentment will often manifest itself in the following ways: [James J. Messina, Ph.D., Constance M. Messina, Ph.D.. "Handling Resentment." (1999) 2 2 2008 .] It can be an emotionally disturbing experience which is recurrently felt, or relived in the mind. When the person feeling resentment is directing the emotion at himself, it appears as remorse.

(See Kierkegaard and Nietzsche; also 12-step discussion of Resentment)

ee also

* Anger
* Forgiveness
* Mercy
* Pardon (a concept in law)
* Pain
* Punishment
* Remorse
* "Ressentiment", a philosophical term first introduced by 19th century philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche
* Revenge

References

1. Robert C. Solomon, Ph.D.. "The Passions: Emotions and the Meaning of Life" (1993) [http://books.google.com/books?id=TCAUagXFG4sC&pg=PA264&lpg=PA264&dq=contempt+anger+and+resentment+solomon&source=web&ots=8DA1cnuEA5&sig=-Mnq2RoZLfVsbvi34kS80fFZ6OY] 2. James J. Messina, Ph.D., Constance M. Messina, Ph.D.. "Handling Resentment." (1999) 2 2 2008 .


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  • Resentment — Re*sent ment ( ment), n. [F. ressentiment.] 1. The act of resenting. [1913 Webster] 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; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • resentment — (n.) 1610s, from Fr. ressentiment (16c.), from ressentir (see RESENT (Cf. resent)). Ridicule often parries resentment, but resentment never yet parried ridicule. [Walter Savage Landor, Imaginary Conversations ] …   Etymology dictionary

  • resentment — I noun acrimony, affront, anger, animosity, animus, antagonism, bile, bitterness, choler, dander, disaffection, discontent, displeasure, dissatisfaction, dudgeon, enmity, envy, fury, gall, grudge, hatred, huff, ill will, indignation, ira, ire,… …   Law dictionary

  • resentment — *offense, umbrage, pique, dudgeon, huff Analogous words: rancor, animus, animosity, antipathy, antagonism (see ENMITY): ill will, spite, *malice, malignity, malignancy …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • resentment — [n] hate, anger acerbity, acrimony, animosity, animus, annoyance, antagonism, bad feeling, bitterness, choler, cynicism, displeasure, dudgeon, exacerbation, exasperation, fog, fury, grudge, huff, hurt, ill feeling, ill will, indignation, ire,… …   New thesaurus

  • resentment — ► NOUN ▪ bitterness; indignation …   English terms dictionary

  • resentment — [ri zent′mənt] n. [Fr ressentiment: see RESENT] a feeling of displeasure and indignation, from a sense of being injured or offended SYN. OFFENSE …   English World dictionary

  • resentment — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ bitter, considerable, deep, deep seated, great, lingering, seething, smouldering/smoldering ▪ growing …   Collocations dictionary

  • resentment — n. 1) to arouse, stir up resentment 2) to bear, feel, harbor resentment 3) to express, voice resentment 4) bitter, deep, profound, sullen resentment 5) resentment about; against; at, towards 6) resentment that + clause (they felt resentment that… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • Resentment — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Resentment >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 resentment resentment displeasure animosity anger wrath indignation Sgm: N 1 exasperation exasperation bitter resentment wrathful indignation GRP: N 2 Sgm: N …   English dictionary for students


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