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indignant

[in-dig-nuh nt] /ɪnˈdɪg nənt/
adjective
1.
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
1580-1590
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.
Synonyms
angry, resentful, infuriated, mad.
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  • The face, neck, and arms of the modest maiden were flushed with indignant crimson.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • She looked, as she always did, indignant at having said anything to please him.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • But those who knew Hester, especially the women of them, were indignant with him.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • Hester rose and left the room, indignant with him for speaking so of his father.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • Hester, more than Amy, felt her own rights, and was ready to be indignant.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for indignant

indignant

/ɪnˈdɪɡnənt/
adjective
1.
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
adj.

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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