indignation

play
noun in·dig·na·tion \ˌin-dig-ˈnā-shən\

Definition of indignation

  1. :  anger aroused by something unjust, unworthy, or mean

Examples of indignation in a Sentence

  1. It's good to bear the preceding in mind when trying to comprehend the indignation with which the East Coast establishment greets work that dares to be both funny and deadly serious in the same breath. —Tom Robbins, Harper's, September 2004

  2. I am eager to concede that in our cataclysmic world this is a little misfortune, arousing even in me only the kind of indignation that could be thoroughly vented in a long footnote somewhere. —Marilynne Robinson, The Death of Adam, (1998) 2005

  3. … in his reverie, while his wife swooped back and forth with sheets of last year's leaves and bundles of brisk directives, his brooding mind warmed his old indignation at not having been invited to that party given by his then recently forsaken inamorata. —John Updike, The Afterlife, 1994

  4. The decision to close the factory has aroused the indignation of the townspeople.

  5. He adopted a tone of moral indignation.

Recent Examples of indignation from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'indignation'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of indignation

see indignant

Synonym Discussion of indignation

anger, ire, rage, fury, indignation, wrath mean an intense emotional state induced by displeasure. anger, the most general term, names the reaction but by itself does not convey cause or intensity. tried to hide his anger ire, more frequent in literary contexts, suggests an intense anger, often with an evident display of feeling. cheeks flushed with ire rage and fury suggest loss of self-control from violence of emotion. shook with rage could not contain his fury indignation stresses righteous anger at what one considers unfair, mean, or shameful. a comment that caused general indignation wrath is likely to suggest a desire or intent to punish or get revenge. I feared her wrath if I was discovered

INDIGNATION Defined for English Language Learners

indignation

play
noun

Definition of indignation for English Language Learners

  • : anger caused by something that is unfair or wrong


INDIGNATION Defined for Kids

indignation

play
noun in·dig·na·tion \ˌin-dig-ˈnā-shən\

Definition of indignation for Students

  1. :  anger caused by something unjust or unworthy



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up indignation? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

sad or melancholy

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • istock-refers-to-this-as-a-tumble-of-strawberries-which-sounded-pretty-nice-to-us
  • Which is a synonym of garner?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!