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ihn dIg nnt
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part of speech: adjective
definition: feeling or showing anger in response to something considered unjust or unworthy.
She gave an indignant reply when asked if she was lying.
angry, incense, irate, sore, wrathful
similar words:
annoyed, exasperated, furious, hot, irritated, peeved, resentful, up in arms
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adverb + (adj.)indignant first, genuinely, righteously, somewhat, suddenly
(adj.)indignant + noun anger, critic, cry, editorial, expression, letter, look, minute, mom, outrage, protest, reaction, response, shock, silence, snort, speech, stare, stuff, suggestion, surprise, thought, tone  [See all][See only the most frequent]
derivation: indignantly (adv.)
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  angry, emotion
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The word indignant contains the following parts:
in-2 Latin prefix that means not, without
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The prefix in-2 occurs in Latin loanwords and attaches to Latinate bases. The bases of most words prefixed with in-2 are independent adjectives (inadvertent , incognizant ), although the base adjective may no longer be in widespread use (as with incessant ). Exceptions include iniquitous and indignant . -in2 has multiple forms, as the 'n' sound in in-2 assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms ig-, il-2, im-2, and ir-2.
dign Latin root that means worthy
-ant, -ent Latin adjective- and noun-forming suffix that means (in adjectives) doing the action denoted by the verb root; (in nouns) one who or that which does the action denoted by the verb root.
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The suffix -ant , -ent forms adjectives and, to a much lesser extent, nouns from Latin verb stems such as fid in confident and stud in student . This suffix is the equivalent in Latin of the "-ing" inflection in English. Many adjectives ending in -ant , -ent have a corresponding noun ending in -ance, -ence, -ancy, -ency.