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dudgeon

noun dud·geon \ ˈdə-jən \

Definition of dudgeon

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

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Origin and Etymology of dudgeon

Middle English dogeon, from Anglo-French digeon, dogeon


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dudgeon

noun

Definition of dudgeon

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

Origin and Etymology of dudgeon

origin unknown

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



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