in·​dig·​nant | \ in-ˈdig-nənt How to pronounce indignant (audio) \

Essential Meaning of indignant

: feeling or showing anger because of something that is unfair or wrong : very angry She wrote an indignant letter to the editor. He was/got/became very indignant about/over the changes. an indignant tone of voice

Full Definition of indignant

: feeling or showing anger because of something unjust or unworthy : filled with or marked by indignation became indignant at the accusation

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Other Words from indignant

indignantly adverb

Examples of indignant in a Sentence

Melville was so struck by the drama of the Essex (deliberately battered by an indignant and maddened whale, which at last brained itself by sinking the ship) that he used it as the end of Moby-Dick. — Paul Theroux, New York Times Book Review, 11 June 2000 What you really need is a story that will not only excuse tardiness but encourage your boss to give you the entire day off.  … Should anyone give you the third degree on your return to work, don't hesitate to become indignant and stomp out of the room. — Jeff Foxworthy, No Shirt. No Shoes. No Problem!, 1996 When the Roman soldiers were asked to take part in the Claudian invasion of 43, they waxed indignant. This was asking them to carry on a campaign "outside the limits of the known world." — Antonia Fraser, The Warrior Queens, 1988 She wrote an indignant letter to the editor. He was very indignant about the changes. an indignant tone of voice
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Recent Examples on the Web But now, eight months later, Pence is indignant about how much coverage media is giving the people who came for him at the Capitol and suggested that the goal of the coverage is to tarnish the reputations of the millions of people supporting Trump. Michael D'antonio, CNN, 5 Oct. 2021 An indignant man complained to The Times in 1893 about the unfairness of it all. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 28 Sep. 2021 The woman sits with her legs akimbo, the indignant geese looking at her, honking their disapproval. Olga Tokarczuk, The New Yorker, 13 Sep. 2021 Hours after the census count was released, the mayor fired off an indignant statement accusing the bureau of undercounting Detroit residents by at least 10 percent. New York Times, 28 Aug. 2021 As Zach, Hal Cumpston was indignant and snarky enough in his line deliveries to genuinely capture a resentful, needling teenager, and Keddie’s journey of confusion to panic to despair was well done. Roxana Hadadi, Vulture, 8 Sep. 2021 Everyone was indignant at the word yelled at a Black player. Dave Hyde,, 9 Aug. 2021 Some were indignant, but most were ready to make the sacrifice. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Aug. 2021 Reactions from neighbors ranged from indifferent to indignant. Michael Williams, Dallas News, 30 July 2021

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First Known Use of indignant

1590, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for indignant

Latin indignant-, indignans, present participle of indignari to be indignant, from indignus unworthy, from in- + dignus worthy — more at decent

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“Indignant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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in·​dig·​nant | \ in-ˈdig-nənt How to pronounce indignant (audio) \

Kids Definition of indignant

: filled with or expressing anger caused by something unjust or unworthy

Other Words from indignant

indignantly adverb "I didn't insult you!" protested Jack, indignantly. — L. Frank Baum, The Marvelous Land of Oz

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