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noun dud·geon \ˈdə-jən\

Definition of DUDGEON

obsolete :  a wood used especially for dagger hilts
a archaic :  a dagger with a handle of dudgeon
b obsolete :  a haft made of dudgeon

Origin of DUDGEON

Middle English dogeon, from Anglo-French digeon, dogeon
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with DUDGEON



Definition of DUDGEON

:  a fit or state of indignation —often used in the phrase in high dudgeon

Origin of DUDGEON

origin unknown
First Known Use: 1573

Synonym Discussion of DUDGEON

offense, resentment, umbrage, pique, dudgeon, huff mean an emotional response to or an emotional state resulting from a slight or indignity. offense implies hurt displeasure <takes deep offense at racial slurs>. resentment suggests lasting indignation or ill will <harbored a lifelong resentment of his brother>. umbrage may suggest hurt pride, resentment, or suspicion of another's motives <took umbrage at the offer of advice>. pique applies to a transient feeling of wounded vanity <in a pique I foolishly declined the invitation>. dudgeon suggests an angry fit of indignation <stormed out of the meeting in high dudgeon>. huff implies a peevish short-lived spell of anger usually at a petty cause <in a huff he slammed the door>.

offense, sin, vice, crime, scandal mean a transgression of law. offense applies to the infraction of any law, rule, or code <at that school no offense went unpunished>. sin implies an offense against moral or religious law <the sin of blasphemy>. vice applies to a habit or practice that degrades or corrupts <regarded gambling as a vice>. crime implies a serious offense punishable by the law of the state <the crime of murder>. scandal applies to an offense that outrages the public conscience <a career ruined by a sex scandal>.

Rhymes with DUDGEON


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