indignation

noun
in·​dig·​na·​tion | \ ˌin-dig-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce indignation (audio) \

Definition of indignation

: anger aroused by something unjust, unworthy, or mean

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Synonyms & Antonyms for indignation

Synonyms

anger, angriness, birse [chiefly Scottish], choler, furor, fury, irateness, ire, lividity, lividness, mad, madness, mood [archaic], outrage, rage, spleen, wrath, wrathfulness

Antonyms

delight, pleasure

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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

Examples of indignation in a Sentence

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 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 … 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 The decision to close the factory has aroused the indignation of the townspeople. He adopted a tone of moral indignation.
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When Hirohito took a ride down the Mall in an open coach, seated next to the Queen, veterans made plain their indignation. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Donald Trump’s Royal Treatment," 4 June 2019 The prosecutors, as often seems to be prerequisite today, would not have been outdone by Salem’s witch-trial judges in their moral indignation. Kevin Baker, Harper's magazine, "What We Do in the Shadows," 24 June 2019 Collins possesses too much talent and righteous indignation to allow Frannie’s story to fizzle into a poor-girl-of-the-streets fable. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "A stunning examination of humanity, race and class," 6 June 2019 And just like that, the elation was replaced, almost by habit, with the sort of righteous indignation that has greeted past Mariners’ decline, in seasons when the postseason was the spoken goal. Larry Stone, The Seattle Times, "Only one question matters this Mariners season: How is the step back affecting the step forward?," 19 May 2019 The current demonstrations, Hamas hopes, can whip up a global wave of rage and indignation against Israel without provoking a full-on war. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Arab Leaders Abandon the Palestinians," 2 Apr. 2018 The deadly fire caused an outpouring of grief and indignation against local authorities. Washington Post, "Victims of deadly fire in Siberia being laid to rest," 29 Mar. 2018 The deadly fire caused an outpouring of grief and indignation against local authorities. Fox News, "Victims of deadly fire in Siberia to be laid to rest," 29 Mar. 2018 Your anger or indignation or gleeful schadenfreude is only one drop in a great countrywide wave of it. Steven Hyden, New York Times, "Is the National ‘Mood’ the One in Polls or the One Online?," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of indignation

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for indignation

see indignant

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indignation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of indignation

: anger caused by something that is unfair or wrong

indignation

noun
in·​dig·​na·​tion | \ ˌin-dig-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce indignation (audio) \

Kids Definition of indignation

: anger caused by something unjust or unworthy

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