begrudge vs resent what difference

what is difference between begrudge and resent



From Middle English bigrucchen (to grumble at), equivalent to be- (at, about, over) +‎ grudge. Compare also English begrouch.


  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /bɪˈɡɹʌdʒ/


begrudge (third-person singular simple present begrudges, present participle begrudging, simple past and past participle begrudged)

  1. To grudge about or over; be envious or covetous.
  2. To be reluctant
  3. To give reluctantly.

Derived terms

  • begrudgement



  • buggered, debugger


Etymology 1

From Middle French ressentir, resentir, from Old French resentir (Modern ressentir), from re- + sentir (to feel)


  • IPA(key): /ɹiˈzɛnt/, /ɹɪˈzɛnt/
  • Rhymes: -ɛnt


resent (third-person singular simple present resents, present participle resenting, simple past and past participle resented)

  1. (transitive) To feel resentment over; to consider as an affront.
  2. (transitive) To express displeasure or indignation at.
    • 1743, Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke, Remarks on the History of England
      The good prince King James [] bore dishonourably what he might have resented safely.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To be sensible of; to feel.
  4. (transitive, obsolete) In a positive sense, to take well; to receive with satisfaction.
    • [] which makes the tragical ends of noble persons more favorably resented by compassionate readers.
  5. (obsolete) To recognize; to perceive, especially as if by smelling; — associated in meaning with sent, the older spelling of scent, to smell. See resent (intransitive verb).
  6. (obsolete) To give forth an odor; to smell; to savor.

Etymology 2

See resend.


  • IPA(key): /ˌɹiːˈsɛnt/
  • Rhymes: -ɛnt



  1. simple past tense and past participle of resend
    The package was resent, this time with the correct postage.

Further reading

  • resent in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • resent in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.


  • Enters, Ernest, Senter, enters, entres, ernest, nester, renest, rentes, sterne, strene, tenser, treens

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