Definition of indignant in English:



  • Feeling or showing anger or annoyance at what is perceived as unfair treatment.

    ‘he was indignant at being the object of suspicion’
    • ‘There was angry and indignant protest from two out of three mentioned.’
    • ‘People will turn a blind eye for the first few bits, but I think there would come a point where even customers would become indignant.’
    • ‘If it was their child or grandchild whose life was being put at risk, they would be indignant enough - and quite rightly.’
    • ‘Some were indignant at the treatment of a former head of state; others wanted to see justice take its course.’
    • ‘Brett sounded annoyed, indignant perhaps at his best friend having lied to him.’
    • ‘Some asked indignant questions about why his host in Japan was stinting the money required to send his body home.’
    • ‘It would be too late to stride by, nose held high and glowing with indignant dislike, I had already said hello.’
    • ‘Jake had his arms crossed and was looking angry and indignant in that way only young teens can pull off.’
    • ‘Malcolm saw the indignant and angry expression on her face change to… he wasn't quite sure.’
    • ‘He was indignant that we would even suggest that he was dirty.’
    • ‘It's an ending which leaves one indignant, and is clever in that respect.’
    • ‘Consequently, Tessa wrote an angry and indignant letter to this newspaper denying that she had said any such thing.’
    • ‘There is nothing worse than someone who is indignant and right.’
    • ‘Many indignant customers led the vigilance officers straight to the errant trader who had got them in the soup.’
    • ‘One of the tricks is to get indignant over a cause you can never win.’
    • ‘Yet the same amount of indignant anger seems to have deserted them when it comes to their own colleagues.’
    • ‘But my favourite character is without a doubt the indignant, motor-mouthed teenager.’
    • ‘I feel kind of indignant, like my laptop is wilfully ignoring me.’
    • ‘Part of me wishes that I could be like some of the loftier commentators and get all morally indignant about this.’
    • ‘A slight feeling of unease was quickly overthrown by indignant anger.’
    aggrieved, resentful, affronted, disgruntled, discontented, dissatisfied, angry, distressed, unhappy, disturbed, hurt, pained, upset, offended, piqued, in high dudgeon, riled, nettled, vexed, irked, irritated, annoyed, put out, chagrined
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Late 16th century: from Latin indignant- ‘regarding as unworthy’, from the verb indignari, from in- ‘not’ + dignus ‘worthy’.