Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


[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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for indignant
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • 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


feeling or showing indignation
Derived Forms
indignantly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin indignārī to be displeased with
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for indignant

Word Value for indignant

Scrabble Words With Friends