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

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

Examples from the Web for indignantly

Contemporary Examples of indignantly

Historical Examples of indignantly

  • "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

British Dictionary definitions for indignantly



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 indignantly



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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