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


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


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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The idea that drivers are not core to Uber’s business is one that elicits indignation from critics, but the company has long relied on a version of this argument in attempts to avoid treating drivers as employees. Joel Rosenblatt / Bloomberg, Time, "Uber's Future May Depend On Convincing the World Drivers Aren’t Part of its 'Core Business'," 12 Sep. 2019 The lone woman’s stifled indignation rises quickly to a collective silent uproar: the doctor’s waiting room turns out to be teeming with patients awaiting similar treatment. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Mr. Klein,” a Political Mystery of Mistaken Identity in Occupied Paris," 6 Sep. 2019 Over the past week, a number of journalists and politicians have expressed indignation as details of a new conservative media venture, which aims to personally attack journalists by unearthing their offensive social media posts, have leaked out. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "The Boundless Grift of Right-Wing Media Watchdogs," 4 Sep. 2019 When Harvard released a study estimating the true post-Maria death toll likely exceeded 4,000, people’s indignation only increased, Melendez-Badillo said. Suhauna Hussain, Los Angeles Times, "The massive push for Puerto Rico Gov. Rossello to resign grew from several key factors," 23 July 2019 Trouble starts when Taylor turns her indignation into a personal complaint. Greg Kot,, "Taylor Swift’s never-ending ‘Lover’ doesn’t take any chances, but the hits will keep coming," 16 Aug. 2019 In the hearing room, Mueller's muffled voice made his minimal responses nearly inaudible, a sharp contrast to the lawmakers' whose voices often boomed with indignation. Anchorage Daily News, "Soft-spoken Mueller warns of ongoing election interference, and criticizes Trump," 25 July 2019 Long before this popular wave of rage and indignation, generations of Puerto Ricans endured epic levels of corruption and mismanagement at the hands of the political class, many demonstrators said. Ray Sanchez, CNN, "Why the protests in Puerto Rico have been a long time coming," 23 July 2019 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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of indignation

: anger caused by something that is unfair or wrong


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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