noun in·dig·na·tion \ ˌin-dig-ˈnā-shən \
|Updated on: 16 Jul 2018

Definition of indignation

: anger aroused by something unjust, unworthy, or mean

Examples of indignation in a Sentence

  1. 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 RobinsonThe Death of Adam(1998) 2005
  2. 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 RobbinsHarper'sSeptember 2004
  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 UpdikeThe Afterlife1994
  4. The decision to close the factory has aroused the indignation of the townspeople.

  5. He adopted a tone of moral indignation.

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Origin and Etymology of indignation

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


Definition of indignation for English Language Learners

  • : anger caused by something that is unfair or wrong

INDIGNATION Defined for Kids


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

Definition of indignation for Students

: anger caused by something unjust or unworthy

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