Emotion Thesaurus Entry: Indignation

· Exhaling impatiently, snorting
· Sputtering, stuttering over words, speaking in broken sentences
· Speechlessness
· Vehement denial, even in the face of logic
· Breaking eye contact
· Throwing one’s hands in the air
· Crossing the arms over the chest
· Walking away
· Eyes bulging or blinking rapidly
· The mouth dropping open
· Sharp, spastic movements (hands/arms jerking about, interrupted pacing, opening and closing fists)
· Slapping one’s hands over the top of the head
· Becoming defensive: “How dare you!” or “How could you say such a thing?”…


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3 Responses to Emotion Thesaurus Entry: Indignation

  1. Marian says:

    The “lips pressed thin” part reminds me of a teacher I once had. She’d compress her mouth until it was nearly invisible, then train a stare of cold, suppressed rage on you. We used to call it the Evil Eye.

  2. Luc2 says:

    I think taking a deep sharp breath and with that puffing up the chest is another one, at least for us guys.

  3. CJ says:

    I just wanted to tell you that you are such a great teacher! I get so much out of your blog. Also, thanks again for your wonderful critique. It has helped me, greatly.


    P.S. I hope you get your cottage one day. But, still keep visiting mine!

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