indignation

Definitions

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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n indignation a feeling of righteous anger
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Indignation The effect of anger; punishment. "Hide thyself . . . until the indignation be overpast."
    • Indignation The feeling excited by that which is unworthy, base, or disgraceful; anger mingled with contempt, disgust, or abhorrence. "Indignation expresses a strong and elevated disapprobation of mind, which is also inspired by something flagitious in the conduct of another.""When Haman saw Mordecai in the king's gate, that he stood not up, nor moved for him, he was full of indignation against Mordecai."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n indignation Anger, especially anger excited by that which is unjust, ungrateful, or base; anger mingled with contempt or abhorrence; scornful displeasure.
    • n indignation Effect of indignant feeling; anger expressed or manifested in judgment, punishment, or violence.
    • n indignation Synonyms Vexation, Indignation, etc. See anger.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Indignation the feeling caused by what is unworthy or base: anger mixed with contempt: effect of indignant feeling
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Quotations

  • Victor Hugo
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    “There is no more sovereign eloquence than the truth in indignation.”
  • H. L. Mencken
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    “The objection of the scandalmonger is not that she tells of racy doings, but that she pretends to be indignant about them.”
  • Francis Bacon
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    “By indignities men come to dignities.”
  • William Feather
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    “When lying, be emphatic and indignant, thus behaving like your children.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
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    “No man lies so boldly as the man who is indignant.”
  • Vittorio De Sica
    Vittorio De Sica
    “Moral indignation in most cases is, 2% moral, 48% indignation, and 50% envy.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. indignation, L. indignatio,. See Indign
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. indignans, -antis, pr.p. of indignāri, to consider as unworthy—in, not, dignus, worthy.

Usage

In literature:

Indignation surged up within her.
"No. 13 Washington Square" by Leroy Scott
She turned on him a look of indignation and contempt.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
She shot a quick, indignant look at her aunt, then turned around and smiled a good-by to him.
"Sandy" by Alice Hegan Rice
On reading the confession which he was ordered to sign, Mr Johnson indignantly refused to comply with such an outrageous demand.
"Love Romances of the Aristocracy" by Thornton Hall
The bartering away of Venice awakened profound indignation.
"The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2)" by John Holland Rose
One instantly knew them to be indignant and Chinese.
"Somewhere in Red Gap" by Harry Leon Wilson
Turner went back to Zora flushed, triumphant, and indignant.
"Septimus" by William J. Locke
But she had indignantly refused.
"Jaffery" by William J. Locke
Mrs. Payne turned upon her a glance of indignant calm.
"The Wheel of Life" by Ellen Anderson Gholson Glasgow
The females, as in all barbaric countries, were exposed to every indignity.
"The Empire of Russia" by John S. C. Abbott
Great was the indignation among the older heads whose fathers and mothers and grandfathers before them had been Raymonds.
"The Strength of Gideon and Other Stories" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Just then, when he was wrought up to the highest pitch of indignation, his anger vanished.
"Outward Bound" by Oliver Optic
They rallied in great numbers, roused to indignation.
"The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power" by John S. C. Abbott
She looked indignantly at Tzerclas.
"My Lady Rotha" by Stanley J. Weyman
To judge from Mrs. Gilson's indignation, this girl was the last who should have stood.
"Starvecrow Farm" by Stanley J. Weyman
This pamphlet at once called forth a storm of indignation.
"The Revolutionary Movement of 1848-9 in Italy, Austria-Hungary, and Germany" by C. Edmund (Charles Edmund) Maurice
Indignation and hope are baffled.
"Judges and Ruth" by Robert A. Watson
But we, since we are both the things to be reaped and are also conscious that we shall be reaped, have indignation thereat.
"The Teaching of Epictetus" by Epictetus
He started forward with righteous indignation.
"The Amazing Inheritance" by Frances R. Sterrett
She turned in her ungovernable indignation, and pushing through her companions she flung open the door and slammed it after her.
"Meg's Friend" by Alice Abigail Corkran
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In poetry:

'Yet still for himself did he mourn,
And, indignant, I fled from the view:
For my wrongs were not easily borne,
And my anger was hard to subdue.
"The Old Fisherman" by Matilda Betham
Vain dream! -- with war's indignant frown
Fame twin'd the cypress with the bay;
'Be this,' she cried, 'the laurel crown
To deck my hero's parting day!
"On The Death Of Lieut. Gen. Sir Ralph Abercromby. Killed At The Battle Of Alexandria, In Egypt, Marc" by Hector MacNeill
"You're a turbaned old Turk, and malignant -
Your daughter LENORE
I intensely adore,
And I cannot help feeling indignant,
A fact that I hinted before;
"Sir Guy the Crusader" by William Schwenck Gilbert
"For though some mirth it might afford
To see my clothes without their lord,
Yet there would rise indignant oaths
If he were seen without his clothes!"
"The Perils of Invisibility" by William Schwenck Gilbert
But indignation works where hope is not,
And thou, O Friend! wilt be refreshed. There is
One great society alone on earth:
The noble Living and the noble Dead.
"Book Eleventh: France [concluded]" by William Wordsworth
His clothes were rent by each indignant Jew,
When any dar'd Jehovah's name blaspheme:
But many Christians no emotion shew,
When any, now, revile the God supreme.
"Against Swearing" by Rees Prichard

In news:

The Indignity of Notre Dame The university's new president endorses the wrong feminism.
Lions found out there are some threatening, throat-slashing gestures you can't make before CFL commissioner Mark Cohon pounds his gavel in indignation, intimidation still is an essential part of the culture of professional football.
Of all the indignities associated with Standard & Poor's downgrade of America's credit rating, this may be a minor point.
Sox suffer litany of indignities.
A Volkswagon Beetle limps along as 18-wheelers blast past indignantly.
Of all the indignities a president must endure, officiating at the annual turkey pardon is perhaps the most unbecoming.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper's recent appointments to the Senate have provoked unyielding indignation from all corners of the Canadian political landscape.
The American Library Association and many of its members, indignant about a provision of the U.S.A.
They stir up emotions and, on occasion, even make you indignant and uncomfortable.
Whenever conservatives bring up the s-word in political discourse, indignant liberals recoil at the term.
Eli Manning is a lifelong starter all too familiar with the indignities of being a backup.
Indignant Brooklynites planning to stage a topless protest ride for the removal of the Bedford bike lane were cowed Saturday's weather—amid the blizzard, the few who chose to make the ride rode clothed.
The program faces further indignity by being left out of the postseason.
For three years, Katie Knight patiently accepted the daily indignities of a librarian serving on the front lines of literacy at the Fayetteville Street Express Library in Raleigh.
How, I asked my husband as much in disbelief as in indignation, do the guards at the Louvre allow this.
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In science:

I am now deeply convinced of having taken the thing right, and also, of course, that a murmur of indignation will spread through the ranks of our colleagues when the work ["Entwurf"] appears, which will take place in a few weeks.
Genesis of general relativity - Discovery of general relativity
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