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 formsself-in·dig·na·tion, noun

Synonyms for indignation

Synonym study

See anger.

Antonyms for indignation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for indignation

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Historical Examples of indignation

  • Eudora's countenance kindled with indignation, as she listened to what Milza had told.


    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.

  • No wonder he flushed and stood silent, lost for words to express his indignation.


    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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