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[in-dig-nuh nt] /ɪnˈdɪg nənt/
feeling, characterized by, or expressing strong displeasure at something considered unjust, offensive, insulting, or base:
indignant remarks; an indignant expression on his face.
Origin of indignant
1580-90; < Latin indignant- (stem of indignāns, present participle of indignārī to deem unworthy, take offense), equivalent to in- in-3 + dign-, stem of dignus worthy + -ant- -ant
Related forms
indignantly, adverb
half-indignant, adjective
half-indignantly, adverb
superindignant, adjective
superindignantly, adverb
unindignant, adjective
Can be confused
indigent, indignant.
angry, resentful, infuriated, mad. Unabridged
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  • I was indignant that one of so fine a nature should be compelled to travel thus.

  • "I shall not stay in the store," I replied, indignant at his gratuitous fling at me.

    Down The River Oliver Optic
  • The wayfarer opened his mouth and closed it suddenly on a half-spoken and indignant refusal of this honor.

    The Landloper Holman Day
  • She took it very strangely; she turned pale, but she was not indignant.

  • The hard, indignant words belied the quivering gladness of the voice that greeted her in every tone with its relief and surrender.

    The Man Thou Gavest Harriet T. Comstock
British Dictionary definitions for indignant


feeling or showing indignation
Derived Forms
indignantly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin indignārī to be displeased with
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Word Origin and History for indignant

1580s, from Latin indignantem (nominative indignans) "impatient, reluctant, indignant," present participle of indignari "to be displeased at, be indignant" (see indignation). Related: Indignantly.

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