indignant

adjective
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
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Recent Examples on the Web The actress Elizabeth McGovern, who was Haynes’s best friend at the progressive Oakwood School, in North Hollywood, remembered him being indignant that Mitchell never responded. John Lahr, The New Yorker, "Todd Haynes Rewrites the Hollywood Playbook," 4 Nov. 2019 That’s when Tracy and McDavis, indignant over the board’s decision, began building their own policy using Big Sky as an example. Kenny Jacoby, USA Today, "She reported college football players for gang rape. Now she's on a mission.," 12 Dec. 2019 The comments have drawn confusion and indignant disagreement from Labradoodle lovers everywhere - but also recognition of dangers in the reckless pursuit of adorable new canine combinations. Hannah Knowles, Anchorage Daily News, "Regretful creator of the labradoodle says he made a ‘Frankenstein’s monster’," 27 Sep. 2019 The comments have drawn confusion and indignant disagreement from Labradoodle lovers everywhere - but also recognition of dangers in the reckless pursuit of adorable new canine combinations. oregonlive, "The creator of the labradoodle says he made ‘Frankenstein’s monster’," 26 Sep. 2019 After Stone’s conviction, Trump released an indignant tweet complaining that Stone had been prosecuted though many of the President’s enemies had not. Jeffrey Toobin, The New Yorker, "Roger Stone’s Crimes," 15 Nov. 2019 The University of Virginia’s administration similarly rushed to indignant judgment in response to a facially preposterous magazine story about another fictitious rape. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: Oberlin has graduated from self-caricature to disgrace," 20 June 2019 Chinese state media shrilly denounced the company, and social media brimmed with indignant calls to boycott it. The Economist, "Cathay Pacific’s fate rattles multinationals in Hong Kong," 22 Aug. 2019 At anti-Spanish rallies in towns and cities, indignant citizens burned General Weyler in effigy. John Maxwell Hamilton, National Geographic, "In a battle for readers, two media barons sparked a war in the 1890s," 16 Apr. 2019

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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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14 Jan 2020

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“Indignant.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/indignant. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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More Definitions for indignant

indignant

adjective
How to pronounce indignant (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of indignant

: feeling or showing anger because of something that is unfair or wrong : very angry

indignant

adjective
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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