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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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  • The boy tore it off and flung it indignantly into the river.

    Old Man Savarin and Other Stories Edward William Thomson
  • "You git along with your pal then," cried Bart, indignantly.

    The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume
  • Then he squared his shoulders and turned him about in order to stride haughtily and indignantly from the room.

    Lochinvar S. R. Crockett
  • "Norman was not your husband, madam," cried Paul, indignantly.

    The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume
  • The eyes of Miss Garth followed her indignantly; and Frank slipped out on his side at that favorable opportunity.

    No Name Wilkie Collins
  • indignantly, all the nurses denied that any such accident had happened.

    The Little Lame Prince Dinah Maria Mulock
  • Bathsheba indignantly left the barn, followed by all the women and children.

  • "I do not care much for your emphasis on the 'now,'" she declared, indignantly.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
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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