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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At the time, Biden was indignant, saying Booker should be the one to apologize. Matt Viser, The Denver Post, "Joe Biden says he regrets his comments on segregationist senators," 6 July 2019 An indignant Williams emphatically defended herself, denying she had cheated. Deepti Hajela, The Seattle Times, "Serena Williams’ treatment resonates among black women," 11 Sep. 2018 And if nothing else, Mr. Lithgow has created a memorable Donald Trump: sputtering, indignant, blasting out rivers of verbiage in the hope of sailing away on them to safety. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Investigation’ Makes the Mueller Report a Dark-Comic Indictment," 25 June 2019 For the congressional elections of 1826, the indignant Jackson men mounted a concerted effort to nationalize what previously had been local contests. David S. Heidler And Jeanne T. Heidler, WSJ, "Midterms Have Been Punishing Incumbents Since 1826," 25 Oct. 2018 The various men who testified on Lorena’s behalf were righteously indignant. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘Lorena’ Review: Cutting to the Heart of the Matter," 14 Feb. 2019 An indignant Williams emphatically defended herself, denying she had cheated. Deepti Hajela, The Seattle Times, "Serena Williams’ treatment resonates among black women," 11 Sep. 2018 But when 49 humans die at the hands of a racist individual indignant against a belief system — an entire group of global peoples — the world community must understand where violence compelled by ignorance comes from. Ahmad Ibsais, Teen Vogue, "New Zealand's Mass Shooting is an Expression of the Violence Muslims Face Around the World," 15 Mar. 2019 Sadly, Kelly’s indignant display of toxic masculinity—the tears, the rage, the shouting over and interrupting of the perfectly reasonable woman in front of him—was all too familiar. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "R. Kelly Breaks Down During His Interview With Gayle King—Where Have We Seen This Toxic Masculinity Before?," 6 Mar. 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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indignant

adjective

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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