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  1. strong displeasure at something considered unjust, offensive, insulting, or base; righteous anger.
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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


Synonym study

See anger.


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Examples from the Web for self-indignation

Historical Examples

  • But notwithstanding all this self-indignation, repression, and shame, it was there.

    The Wizard's Son, Vol. 2(of 3)

    Margaret Oliphant

  • "It seems as if I did it on purpose," groaned he in self-indignation.

British Dictionary definitions for self-indignation


  1. 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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