Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Characterized by or filled with indignation. See Synonyms at angry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Showing anger or indignation, especially at something unjust or wrong.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Affected with indignation; wrathful; passionate; irate; feeling wrath, as when a person is exasperated by unworthy or unjust treatment, by a mean action, or by a degrading accusation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Affected with indignation; moved by mixed emotions of anger and scorn; provoked by something regarded as unjust, ungrateful, or unworthy.
  • Synonyms Incensed, provoked, exasperated.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. angered at something unjust or wrong

Etymologies

Latin indignāns, indignant-, present participle of indignārī, to be indignant, from indignus, unworthy; see indign.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin indignans, present participle of indignari ("to consider as unworthy, be angry or displeased at"), from in- ("privative") + dignari ("to consider as worthy"), from dignus ("worthy"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • We have every reason to remain indignant, disgusted, embarrassed and angry about this fact, but no room anymore whatsoever to feign surprise.

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  • I recall one of them in indignant tears on the street corner, weeping as he pointed out my sober condition.

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  • Don't get so friggin 'indignant about your own hallucinations, m'kay?

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  • Memba Sasa, very erect, very rigid, moving in short indignant jerks, his eye flashing fire.

    The Land of Footprints

  • The world saw Israel's despicable violence thanks to al-Jazeera Arabic and Press TV that broadcast in English ... indignant:

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  • $1.00 back to the fifty cent mark and coolly pocketed the coin the indignant Ben handed.

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  • DAZZLING DISPLAY Mr. Donoghue finds eloquence where others might never think to look: in a sudden switch by Dante into Provençal; in the knocking at the gate in "Macbeth"; in the ambiguities of Donne's poem "The Extasie"; in a single word -- "indignant" -- of a line in "The Second Coming" by Yeats.

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  • "You, you!" called the indignant Zoie to the departing mother.

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  • He recalled the indignant-looking old gentleman who was so excessively well dressed.

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  • Here's Mr Edwards 'offering: "Does The Adjudicator recall my indignant correspondence before round three when he suggested the Tigers may be tanking already?"

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  • Indignant on the Indian Government corruption and inefficient means.

    August 10, 2012

  • Visuals give a better indication of the hot current usage of this word (Spanish political movement) than the tweets do. Which is, again, part of why I think Twitter is 99.99 (further decimals averted to save your eyes) percent useless noise in the context of this site.

    July 29, 2011

  • My sister was indignant when I threw her cat.

    October 26, 2009