indignation

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

Definition of indignation 

: anger aroused by something unjust, unworthy, or mean

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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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But after the church asked a local workshop to give the statue a makeover, the results horrified the town’s authorities, scandalized professional restorers and set social media alight with indignation. Mark A. Walsh, New York Times, "A Botched Statue Restoration in Spain: Is That St. George or Tintin?," 26 June 2018 As Beth, Nicholson shows frightening flashes of frustration and indignation, immediately tempered with regret, born of her stubborn faith that getting her child back will fix everything. Noel Murray, latimes.com, "Julianne Nicholson and Emma Roberts embrace formidable roles in indie drama 'Who We Are Now'," 30 May 2018 The butler has a look of both indignation and confusion on his face. Walter Mosley, The Hollywood Reporter, "Walter Mosley on 'In the Heat of the Night' at 50: Does Mister Tibbs Still Matter?," 1 Mar. 2018 Nowadays, Leach sounds like a man more focused on his indignation at being accused. Chris Brennan, Philly.com, "The left-wing uprising that led to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's victory in N.Y.? It happened first in Pa. | Clout," 6 July 2018 The response from the players was one of indignation and outrage, with Lopetegui having earned the trust and support of his squad over the course of his two unbeaten years as head coach. SI.com, "Report Claims Julen Lopetegui Sacked as Spain Boss Only After He Refused to Resign Position," 18 June 2018 Syriza, at the time a small hard-left opposition party, often rationalized these incidents as the product of the legitimate indignation of the people. Yannis Palaiologos, WSJ, "The Far Left and Right Run Riot on Greek Streets," 28 May 2018 But what if instead of outrage and indignation, the response was a numb shrug? David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The House That Jack Built': Film Review | Cannes 2018," 15 May 2018 This story triggered a tsunami of progressive indignation. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "It’s Normal for the U.S. to Put Corporate Profits Above Babies’ Health," 10 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 \

Kids Definition of indignation

: anger caused by something unjust or unworthy

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