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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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.
Recent Examples on the Web France has reacted with intense indignation over the agreement between the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom to create a new defense alliance focused on security in Asia. Kevin Liptak, CNN, 22 Sep. 2021 Psaki declined to note whether President Joe Biden, who has expressed indignation at the death of George Floyd, would be disappointed by an acquittal of the former officer. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, 19 Apr. 2021 Videos and images of bodies in the streets of Bucha after it was recaptured from Russian forces have unleashed a wave of indignation among Western allies, who have drawn up new sanctions as a response., 6 Apr. 2022 Palin's campaign announcement is rife with the same sort of indignation that brought her to prominence 14 years ago and arguably gave way to former President Donald Trump's political rise. Rick Klein, ABC News, 4 Apr. 2022 There have been flashes of anger, moments of gratitude and feelings of indignation. New York Times, 17 Dec. 2021 Tensions on both sides have run hot, as Roxbury Prep has held steadfast to its indignation and some Georgetown residents have pushed back against the allegations, saying the town and its student-athletes have been unjustly labeled racist., 24 Sep. 2021 Cooper’s attitude toward his ancestors’ use of their gargantuan wealth runs the gamut from bemused to censorious to Bernie Sanders spittle-spraying indignation. Washington Post, 24 Sep. 2021 That slap didn’t have to be an act of chivalry (although that, too, occurs in hip-hop) to express Smith’s indignation. Armond White, National Review, 30 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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15 May 2022

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“Indignation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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: anger caused by something unjust or unworthy

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