I'm looking for a word, but I cannot for the life of me find it. All I can remember is the definition: the feeling of being subjected to unfair treatment (but you aren't actually, it just feels that way)

I remember watching a video on Youtube of a vet taking care of a wild animal, and the animal was very vocal and wiggling about, and the vet commented using the word that I'm trying to find; saying that it was probably feeling like "this is unfair! let me go!" even though he was just trying to help.

I'm sorry if this is confusing, but it's all I can't think about lately, so if anyone could help, thank you in advance. Even a list of possible words might be helpful as well, if that's not too much work. I will surely never forget this word after this.

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One appropriate adjective is indignant, or feeling or showing anger or annoyance at what is perceived as unfair treatment. See also the synonyms, e.g., ornery or cantankerous, although these capture only the general irritable behavior and not the specific cause.

  • YES! Thank you so much, this is definitely the word. Feb 13, 2019 at 16:57

"Feeling persecuted" may fit the bill. The animal in your example thinks that the vet intends to cause it harm or it is worried that it will be harmed.


Possibly 'persecutory delusion' or 'delusion of persecution'?

Was it one word or a phrase?

p.s. have you tried searching for the youtube video again? (what animal was it, was it a particular show, etc)

  • I did absolutely try to search for the YouTube video again, even going through my history and searching anything I could think of, but I couldn't find it. Also my memory failed me on this one; I keep thinking it was a bird or a cat. No worries though, someone did find the word, and the definition closely matches what I was going off of in my memory. Thank you for your help! Feb 13, 2019 at 17:08

Self-Rightous could be the word to describe that only self is feeling righteous and not just righteous alone meaning as a belief of many....I think? Or it could also be said that the animal was feeling "hard done by" is how I've heard that behavior described in a turn of phrase way.


Could it be victimised/victimized?

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