: feeling or showing anger because of something unjust or unworthy : filled with or marked by indignation <became indignant at the accusation>
— in·dig·nant·ly adverb
Examples of INDIGNANT
- She wrote an indignant letter to the editor.
- He was very indignant about the changes.
- an indignant tone of voice
- Melville was so struck by the drama of the Essex (deliberately battered by an indignant and maddened whale, which at last brained itself by sinking the ship) that he used it as the end of Moby-Dick. —Paul Theroux, New York Times Book Review, 11 June 2000
- What you really need is a story that will not only excuse tardiness but encourage your boss to give you the entire day off. … Should anyone give you the third degree on your return to work, don't hesitate to become indignant and stomp out of the room. —Jeff Foxworthy, No Shirt. No Shoes. No Problem!, 1996
- When the Roman soldiers were asked to take part in the Claudian invasion of 43, they waxed indignant. This was asking them to carry on a campaign “outside the limits of the known world.” —Antonia Fraser, The Warrior Queens, 1988
Origin of INDIGNANT
Latin indignant-, indignans,
present participle of indignari
to be indignant, from indignus
unworthy, from in-
worthy — more at decent
First Known Use: 1590
Related to INDIGNANT
- angered, apoplectic, ballistic, cheesed off [chiefly British], choleric, enraged, foaming, fuming, furious, hopping, horn-mad, hot, incensed, angry, inflamed (also enflamed), infuriate, infuriated, irate, ireful, livid, mad, outraged, rabid, rankled, riled, riley, roiled, shirty [chiefly British], sore, steamed up, steaming, teed off, ticked, wrathful, wroth
- angerless, delighted, pleased
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