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Meaning of ressentiment

res•sen•ti•ment

Pronunciation: (Fr. ru-sän-tē-män'), [key]
— n.
  1. any cautious, defeatist, or cynical attitude based on the belief that the individual and human institutions exist in a hostile or indifferent universe or society.
  2. an oppressive awareness of the futility of trying to improve one's status in life or in society.
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