Resist vs Resent - What's the difference?

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As verbs the difference between resist and resent

is that resist is to attempt to counter the actions or effects of while resent is to express or exhibit displeasure or indignation at (words or acts).

As a noun resist

is a protective coating or covering.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




(en verb)
  • To attempt to counter the actions or effects of.
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  • , volume=189, issue=3, page=21, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Our banks are out of control , passage=Seeing the British establishment struggle with the financial sector is like watching an alcoholic who still resists the idea that something drastic needs to happen for him to turn his life around.}}
  • To withstand the actions of.
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  • To oppose.
  • (obsolete) To be distasteful to.
  • * 1608 , , II. iii. 29:
  • These cates resist me,

    Usage notes

    * This is a catenative verb that takes the gerund (-ing) . See

    Derived terms

    * resistance


    * (l) * (l) * (l)


    * obey * submit

    Derived terms

    * irresistible * irresistibly * resistance * resistant * resistantly * resistible * resistibly * resistive * resistively * resistless * resistlessly * resistor


    (en noun)
  • A protective coating or covering. Oxford English Dictionary , 2nd ed., 1989.
  • Anagrams





    (Webster 1913)

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) resentir (Modern ressentir), from


    (en verb)
  • To express or exhibit displeasure or indignation at (words or acts).
  • * Bolingbroke
  • The good prince King James bore dishonourably what he might have resented safely.
  • To feel resentment.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1922, author=(Ben Travers), title=(A Cuckoo in the Nest)
  • , chapter=2 citation , passage=Mother very rightly resented the slightest hint of condescension. She considered that the exclusiveness of Peter's circle was due not to its distinction, but to the fact that it was an inner Babylon of prodigality and whoredom,
  • (obsolete) To be sensible of; to feel.
  • (obsolete) In a positive sense, to take well; to receive with satisfaction.
  • * Sir (Thomas Browne) (1605-1682)
  • which makes the tragical ends of noble persons more favorably resented by compassionate readers.
  • (obsolete) In a negative sense, to take ill; to consider as an injury or affront; to be indignant at.
  • (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).
  • * Fuller
  • This bird of prey resented a worse than earthly savour in the soul of Saul.
  • * Fuller
  • Our King Henry the Seventh quickly resented his drift.
  • (obsolete) To give forth an odor; to smell; to savor.
  • Etymology 2

    See resend.


  • (resend)
  • The package was resent , this time with the correct postage.


    * English heteronyms