- Indignation is defined as anger about something thought of as unfair, mean or unjust.
An example of indignation is when a child gets mad and throws a tantrum after his mom says no.
A little girl showing her indignation.
Origin of indignationMiddle English indignacion ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin indignatio ; from past participle of indignari: see indignant
Origin of indignationMiddle 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.
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