in·​dig·​nant | \ in-ˈdig-nənt How to pronounce indignant (audio) \

Definition of indignant

: feeling or showing anger because of something unjust or unworthy : filled with or marked by indignation became indignant at the accusation

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Other Words from indignant

indignantly adverb

Examples of indignant in a Sentence

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 She wrote an indignant letter to the editor. He was very indignant about the changes. an indignant tone of voice See More
Recent Examples on the Web Some of his admirers were indignant on Monday, expressing their displeasure over his ouster on social media. Mary Colurso |, al, 25 Apr. 2022 Biden appointees, perceiving a mortal threat to their agenda, were indignant. Andrew Cockburn, Harper’s Magazine , 20 Jan. 2021 Others who saw how the last round of Build Back Better negotiations with Manchin ultimately turned out are feeling a bit indignant about this new ask. Ella Nilsen And Lauren Fox, CNN, 1 Apr. 2022 But as every parent knows, indignant tantrums should not be indulged. Kyle Smith, National Review, 16 Mar. 2022 The incident has left thousands of residents indignant. Los Angeles Times, 8 Mar. 2022 Marina Kosatka seemed indignant while describing her nephew’s experience in Ukraine. oregonlive, 3 Mar. 2022 Ordinary Russians, still indignant over the damage Russian sports sustained after the Sochi scandal, resented the news about Valieva’s possible ban, linking it to Russia’s standoff with the West. Washington Post, 11 Feb. 2022 Zhytaryuk was one of about 100 people who gathered Thursday on Portland’s downtown waterfront to stand against the Russian invasion of Ukraine and listen to the voices of indignant, furious or weeping speakers. oregonlive, 3 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of indignant

1590, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for indignant

Latin indignant-, indignans, present participle of indignari to be indignant, from indignus unworthy, from in- + dignus worthy — more at decent

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The first known use of indignant was in 1590

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“Indignant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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in·​dig·​nant | \ in-ˈdig-nənt How to pronounce indignant (audio) \

Kids Definition of indignant

: filled with or expressing anger caused by something unjust or unworthy

Other Words from indignant

indignantly adverb "I didn't insult you!" protested Jack, indignantly. — L. Frank Baum, The Marvelous Land of Oz

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