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The Bitter Potion  (c. 1635) by Adriaen Brouwer
The Bitter Potion (c. 1635) by Adriaen Brouwer

"I am a sick man. ... I am a spiteful man" --Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

"I am not concerned with . . . the current debate between the right-wing defenders of the Canon, who wish to preserve it for its supposed (and nonexistent) moral values, and the academic-journalistic network I have dubbed the School of Resentment, who wish to overthrow the Canon in order to advance their supposed (and nonexistent) programs for social change." --The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages (1994), Harold Bloom, p. 4

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Resentment (also called ranklement or bitterness) is the experience of a negative emotion (anger or hatred, for instance) felt as a result of a real or imagined wrong done. Etymologically, the word originates from French "ressentir", re-, intensive prefix, and sentir "to feel"; from the Latin "sentire". The English word has become synonymous with anger and spite.

Resentment is placed on the same line-continuum with contempt and anger.

Resentment can be triggered by an emotionally disturbing experience felt again or relived in the mind. When the person feeling resentment is directing the emotion at himself or herself, it appears as remorse.

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