[ in-dig-ney-shuhn ]
/ 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
SYNONYMS FOR indignation
ANTONYMS FOR indignation
Related formsself-in·dig·na·tion, noun

Synonym study

See anger. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for self-indignation


/ (ˌɪndɪɡˈneɪʃən) /


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