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[in-dig-ney-shuh n] /ˌɪn dɪgˈneɪ ʃən/
strong displeasure at something considered unjust, offensive, insulting, or base; righteous anger.
Origin of indignation
1325-75; Middle English indignacio(u)n < Latin indignātiōn- (stem of indignātiō), equivalent to indignāt(us) past participle of indignārī to be indignant, take offense + -iōn- -ion; see indignant
Related forms
self-indignation, noun
resentment, exasperation, wrath, ire, choler.
Synonym Study
See anger. Unabridged
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  • Eudora's countenance kindled with indignation, as she listened to what Milza had told.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • Robert was not the only one who witnessed with indignation the captain's brutality.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • Dr. Everett said again, a surge of indignation rushing over him.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • No wonder he flushed and stood silent, lost for words to express his indignation.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • Napoleon looked at his uncle the canon with indignation and denial on his face.

British Dictionary definitions for indignation


anger or scorn aroused by something felt to be unfair, unworthy, or wrong
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Word Origin and History for indignation

c.1200, from Old French indignacion or directly from Latin indignationem (nominative indignatio) "indignation, displeasure," noun of action from past participle stem of indignari "regard as unworthy, be angry or displeased at," from indignus "unworthy," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + dignus "worthy" (see dignity).

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