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[in-dig-ney-shuh n] /ˌɪn dɪgˈneɪ ʃən/
strong displeasure at something considered unjust, offensive, insulting, or base; righteous anger.
Origin of indignation
1325-75; Middle English indignacio(u)n < Latin indignātiōn- (stem of indignātiō), equivalent to indignāt(us) past participle of indignārī to be indignant, take offense + -iōn- -ion; see indignant
Related forms
self-indignation, noun
resentment, exasperation, wrath, ire, choler. See anger.
calm. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for indignation
  • But let's watch the self-righteous indignation and reserve a little anger for the enablers.
  • The event was heavy with grief but electric with anger and indignation.
  • Either one of these things will ensure that your targets will refrain from responding with moral indignation.
  • Better to take two aspirin or puff on something, not surrender a necessary sense of indignation if life is unfair.
  • Yet mentioning any of the points sets off howls of indignation.
  • He feels this clearly enough himself in the indignation he shows, too late and in vain, against the publication of my books.
  • The hostilities run as deep as the indignation on both sides.
  • They whisper about regime change and seethe with political indignation.
  • Moral indignation notwithstanding, it is far from certain that the government will be able to enforce the ban.
  • Imagine the howls of indignation if this type of demand was made by any other country.
British Dictionary definitions for indignation


anger or scorn aroused by something felt to be unfair, unworthy, or wrong
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Word Origin and History for indignation

c.1200, from Old French indignacion or directly from Latin indignationem (nominative indignatio) "indignation, displeasure," noun of action from past participle stem of indignari "regard as unworthy, be angry or displeased at," from indignus "unworthy," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + dignus "worthy" (see dignity).

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