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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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  • "He had no right to speculate with my mother's money," said Robert, indignantly.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • A suspicion of Arthur Beaufort crossed him, but he indignantly dismissed it.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • indignantly he had taken his calculations, his blue prints of the spheroid, along with him.

    Slaves of Mercury Nat Schachner
  • The literary man may indignantly repudiate the idea of “preaching.”

    Mountain Meditations L. Lind-af-Hageby
  • "Of course I shan't do any such thing," she declared, indignantly.

    Thankful's Inheritance Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Mr. Bangs indignantly declared that the horse was all right.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • “I never liked the Blaisdells,” declared Caroline, indignantly.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards Joseph C. Lincoln
  • "They don't call him 'The Quahaug' any more," she declared, indignantly.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for indignantly


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 indignantly



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
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