Definition of indignation in English:



mass noun
  • Anger or annoyance provoked by what is perceived as unfair treatment.

    ‘the letter filled Lucy with indignation’
    • ‘I remember getting up and feeling a mixture of self-pity and indignation.’
    • ‘Mark this up as an illustration of how damaging to the public interest is conspicuous indignation.’
    • ‘She shows great maturity in handling Susan's confusion, indignation and quiet anger.’
    • ‘We were snowed in again over the weekend, to our great indignation.’
    • ‘The amount we are prepared to pay the jobbing MP has long provoked indignation from the public.’
    • ‘And that is why she deserves our pity, not our manufactured moral indignation or condemnation.’
    • ‘She has also been known to throw my sister into a blind rage of indignation.’
    • ‘They are described as women who rose in righteous anger and indignation when a man tried to tamper with them.’
    • ‘She turned angrily to her brothers, her eyes blazing with fierce indignation and rampant fury.’
    • ‘But in Germany the outburst caused more shock and sorrow than anger or indignation.’
    • ‘In response to this event, moral outrage and indignation are not sufficient.’
    • ‘The response was a tidal wave of indignation from MPs, the vast majority of whom boycotted the questionnaire.’
    • ‘I would rather remain with my unavenged suffering and unsatisfied indignation, even if I were wrong.’
    • ‘Her expression had changed from indignation and annoyance to worry and concern with a glance at her wrist.’
    • ‘There is little moralising strain in French culture, and less vocal indignation at corruption than in Italy.’
    • ‘When the news struck the world's media, outrage and indignation were universal.’
    • ‘The dominant emotional reaction to the letter was shock and disbelief or anger and indignation.’
    • ‘So we're right to be unmoved to anger or even peremptory indignation.’
    • ‘His prose crackles with life, with mischief and also with indignation.’
    • ‘Your hatred of the poor is just bigotry, sir, however you try to dress it as righteous indignation.’
    resentment, umbrage, affront, disgruntlement, anger, distress, unhappiness, discontent, dissatisfaction, displeasure, hurt, pain, upset, offence, pique, spleen, crossness, exasperation, vexation, irritation, annoyance, chagrin
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Late Middle English (also in the sense ‘disdain, contempt’): from Latin indignatio(n-), from indignari ‘regard as unworthy’.