Definition of indignant adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɪnˈdɪɡnənt//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈdɪɡnənt//
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feeling or showing anger and surprise because you think that you have been treated unfairly an indignant letter/look indignant at/about something She was very indignant at the way she had been treated. indignant that… They were indignant that they hadn't been invited. Synonymsangrymad indignant cross irateThese words all describe people feeling and/​or showing anger.angry feeling or showing anger:Please don’t be angry with me. Thousands of angry demonstrators filled the square.mad [not before noun] (informal, especially North American English) angry:He got mad and walked out. She’s mad at me for being late. Mad is the usual word for ‘angry’ in informal American English. In British English, the phrase ‘go mad’ means ‘very angry’:Dad’ll go mad when he sees what you’ve done. ‘Go mad’ can also mean ‘go crazy’ or ‘get very excited’.indignant feeling or showing anger and surprise because you think that you or somebody else has been treated unfairly:She was very indignant at the way she had been treated.cross (especially British English, rather informal) rather angry or annoyed:I was quite cross with him for being late. This word is often used by or to children.irate very angry:irate customers an irate letter Irate is not usually followed by a preposition:She was irate with me/​about it.Patterns angry/​mad/​indignant/​cross about/​at something angry/​cross with somebody (for doing something) angry/​mad/​indignant/​cross that to get angry/​mad/​cross to make somebody angry/​mad/​cross See related entries: Surprise Word Origin late 16th cent.: from Latin indignant- ‘regarding as unworthy’, from the verb indignari, from in- ‘not’ + dignus ‘worthy’.Extra examples ‘He deserves to be thrashed,’ she protested, fiercely indignant. She became rather indignant over suggestions that she had lied. She waxes indignant if anyone tries to contradict her. They were quite indignant at his remarks. an indignant look/​letter
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