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  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

1580–90; < 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 formsin·dig·nant·ly, adverbhalf-in·dig·nant, adjectivehalf-in·dig·nant·ly, adverbsu·per·in·dig·nant, adjectivesu·per·in·dig·nant·ly, adverbun·in·dig·nant, adjective
Can be confusedindigent indignant

Synonyms for indignant

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angry, resentful, infuriated, mad. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for indignant

Contemporary Examples of indignant

Historical Examples of indignant

  • The face, neck, and arms of the modest maiden were flushed with indignant crimson.


    Lydia Maria Child

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


    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


  1. feeling or showing indignation
Derived Formsindignantly, adverb

Word Origin for indignant

C16: from Latin indignārī to be displeased with
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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.

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