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

  • n. Anger aroused by something unjust, mean, or unworthy. See Synonyms at anger.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An anger aroused by something perceived as an indignity, notably an offense or injustice.
  • n. A self-righteous anger or disgust.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The feeling excited by that which is unworthy, base, or disgraceful; anger mingled with contempt, disgust, or abhorrence.
  • n. The effect of anger; punishment.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Anger, especially anger excited by that which is unjust, ungrateful, or base; anger mingled with contempt or abhorrence; scornful displeasure.
  • n. Effect of indignant feeling; anger expressed or manifested in judgment, punishment, or violence.
  • n. Synonyms Vexation, Indignation, etc. See anger.

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

  • n. a feeling of righteous anger


Middle English indignacioun, from Old French indignation, from Latin indignātiō, indignātiōn-, from indignātus, past participle of indignārī, to regard as unworthy, from indignus, unworthy; see indign.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Recorded since c.1374, from Old French (=modern) indignation, from Latin indignatio, noun of process from perfect passive participle indignatus, from verb indignare, from adjective indignus, unworthy, not fitting, from prefix in- not + dignus worthy, appropriate (Wiktionary)



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