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 for Resentment
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Resentment \Re*sent"ment\ (-ment), n. [F. ressentiment.]
     1. The act of resenting.
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     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; feeling;
        impression. [Obs.]
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              He retains vivid resentments of the more solid
              morality.                             --Dr. H. More.
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              It is a greater wonder that so many of them die,
              with so little resentment of their danger. --Jer.
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     3. In a good sense, satisfaction; gratitude. [Obs.]
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              The Council taking notice of the many good services
              performed by Mr. John Milton, . . . have thought fit
              to declare their resentment and good acceptance of
              the same.                             --The Council
                                                    Book (1651).
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     4. In a bad sense, strong displeasure; anger; hostility
        provoked by a wrong or injury experienced.
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              Resentment . . . is a deep, reflective displeasure
              against the conduct of the offender.  --Cogan.
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     Syn: Anger; irritation; vexation; displeasure; grudge;
          indignation; choler; gall; ire; wrath; rage; fury.
     Usage: Resentment, Anger. Anger is the broader term,
            denoting a keen sense of disapprobation (usually with
            a desire to punish) for whatever we feel to be wrong,
            whether directed toward ourselves or others.
            Resentment is anger exicted by a sense of personal
            injury. It is, etymologically, that reaction of the
            mind which we instinctively feel when we think
            ourselves wronged. Pride and selfishness are apt to
            aggravate this feeling until it changes into a
            criminal animosity; and this is now the more common
            signification of the term. Being founded in a sense of
            injury, this feeling is hard to be removed; and hence
            the expressions bitter or implacable resentment. See
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                  Anger is like
                  A full-hot horse, who being allowed his way,
                  Self-mettle tires him.            --Shak.
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                  Can heavently minds such high resentment show,
                  Or exercise their spite in human woe? --Dryden.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will [syn:
           resentment, bitterness, gall, rancor, rancour]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  60 Moby Thesaurus words for "resentment":
     Faustianism, acrimony, agitation, anger, animosity, animus,
     annoyance, antagonism, antipathy, anxiety, bitterness,
     cold comfort, disappointment, discontent, discontentedness,
     discontentment, disgruntlement, displeasure, dissatisfaction,
     dissatisfiedness, divine discontent, dudgeon, enmity, envy, fury,
     grudge, hate, hostility, huff, ill humor, ill will, indignation,
     ire, irritation, jealousy, malice, malignancy, malignity, miff,
     peevishness, petulance, pique, provocation, querulousness, rancor,
     rebelliousness, restiveness, restlessness, snuff, sourness, spite,
     sulkiness, umbrage, uneasiness, unfulfillment, unhappiness,
     unpleasure, unsatisfaction, upset, vexation of spirit

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