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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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 English World Cup campaigns normally follow a familiar pattern, from hype through disappointment to righteous public indignation at overpaid, and underperforming, players. Sean Williams, The New Republic, "England’s World Cup Team: the Anti-Brexit," 10 July 2018 Vice President Mike Pence ratcheted up the hysteria further with his faux indignation over San Francisco 49ers players who protested before a game in Indianapolis. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "NFL owners get what they deserve when President Trump rips players," 24 May 2018 After that interview, friends and associates told him he hadn’t displayed the indignation and anger viewers might have expected from someone who believes he has been wrongly accused, people close to him said Wednesday. Natalie Andrews, WSJ, "As Blockbuster Hearing Looms, Battle Lines Are Drawn," 26 Sep. 2018 After five years of creation involving some 400 contributors, The Dinner Party was unveiled in 1979 to record crowds, but also contempt and indignation. Lisa Wong Macabasco, Vogue, "What Did Historical Feminist Icons Eat for Dinner?," 30 July 2018 To read Soccer in Sun and Shadow today is to commune with Galeano’s spirit, to hear his fierce, tender voice alive with passion and indignation about the beautiful game. Lenora Todaro, The Atlantic, "A World Cup Without Eduardo Galeano, Soccer’s Poet Laureate," 15 June 2018 Kuttner’s indignation about its fall from grace is more straightforward than the course of events that led to it. Caleb Crain, The New Yorker, "Is Capitalism a Threat to Democracy?," 7 May 2018 Expressing our indignation only to fixate on the next breaking news story, repeating a cycle of justifiable anger — these will not aid the Puerto Rican people. Danielle Campoamor, Teen Vogue, "Here’s How You Can Still Help Puerto Rico If You’re Not a Sitting U.S. President," 17 Sep. 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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