in·​dig·​nant in-ˈdig-nənt How to pronounce indignant (audio)
: feeling or showing anger because of something unjust or unworthy : filled with or marked by indignation
became indignant at the accusation
indignantly adverb

Example Sentences

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web But some politicians were indignant, saying that the U.S. president's trip to the Ukrainian capital was a deliberate attempt to aggravate Russia. Ann M. Simmons, WSJ, 20 Feb. 2023 Sitting just a few seats away from Wise, Berg was visibly indignant during his remarks and quickly rose to respond. Tessa Duvall Lexington Herald-leader (tns), al, 9 Feb. 2023 Fox was still indignant that the National Marine Fisheries Service had not used his study, but there was some good news. Andrew S. Lewis, New York Times, 2 Feb. 2023 In the film, Foy portrays the indignant and fiercely protective Salome, who wishes for revenge on the men who attacked her young daughter. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, 21 Dec. 2022 Claus, at the start of the film, is disillusioned and indignant and suffering from a centuries-long case of burnout. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, 3 Dec. 2022 DiCaprio reluctantly agreed to read and was indignant until the camera was rolling, Cameron claimed. Ryan Parker, Peoplemag, 22 Nov. 2022 And her resting face did have a certain indignant quality. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, 1 Nov. 2022 How many more conspiracies, analyses and righteously indignant reactions can our fragile democracy/constitutional republic bear? Jeanette Marantosstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 8 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1590, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of indignant was in 1590

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“Indignant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Mar. 2023.

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in·​dig·​nant in-ˈdig-nənt How to pronounce indignant (audio)
: filled with or expressing indignation
indignantly adverb

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