1943 in the psychological sense, "state arising from suppressed feelings of envy and hatred that cannot be acted upon," a word from Nietzsche, from German ressentiment, from French ressentiment (see resentment). The French word also was borrowed as obsolete English resentiment (16c.) "feeling or sense (of something); state of being deeply affected by (something)."
updated on March 23, 2020
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