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[in-dig-nuh nt] /ɪnˈdɪg nənt/
feeling, characterized by, or expressing strong displeasure at something considered unjust, offensive, insulting, or base:
indignant remarks; an indignant expression on his face.
Origin of indignant
1580-90; < Latin indignant- (stem of indignāns, present participle of indignārī to deem unworthy, take offense), equivalent to in- in-3 + dign-, stem of dignus worthy + -ant- -ant
Related forms
indignantly, adverb
half-indignant, adjective
half-indignantly, adverb
superindignant, adjective
superindignantly, adverb
unindignant, adjective
Can be confused
indigent, indignant.
angry, resentful, infuriated, mad. Unabridged
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  • The boy tore it off and flung it indignantly into the river.

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  • indignantly he had taken his calculations, his blue prints of the spheroid, along with him.

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  • Then he squared his shoulders and turned him about in order to stride haughtily and indignantly from the room.

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  • These terms he indignantly refused and died after some years of misery.

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  • The eyes of Miss Garth followed her indignantly; and Frank slipped out on his side at that favorable opportunity.

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  • "I have certainly given you no pretence to make me ridiculous, sir," said she, indignantly.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
  • Bathsheba indignantly left the barn, followed by all the women and children.

  • "The plundering was shameful," says Lieutenant Barker indignantly.

    The Siege of Boston Allen French
British Dictionary definitions for indignantly


feeling or showing indignation
Derived Forms
indignantly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin indignārī to be displeased with
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Word Origin and History for indignantly



1580s, from Latin indignantem (nominative indignans) "impatient, reluctant, indignant," present participle of indignari "to be displeased at, be indignant" (see indignation). Related: Indignantly.

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