updated 05/29/2013 AT 3:45 PM ET
•originally published 05/29/2013 AT 4:15 PM ET
Adam Levine may or may not have it in for America, but one thing’s for sure: He loves his dictionary.
After the Maroon 5 singer was overheard muttering, “I hate this country” when viewers ousted two of his contestants on The Voice Tuesday night, he faced a patriotic backlash, which he answered with the help of Webster’s.
Levine – who, by the way, was born and raised in Los Angeles – went to Twitter and cited the definitions for the words “misunderstand,” “lighthearted,” “humorless” and “joke.”
Levine later issued a statement via NBC:
“I obviously love my country very much and my comments last night were made purely out of frustration. Being a part of The Voice, I am passionately invested in my team and want to see my artists succeed. Last night s elimination of Judith and Sarah was confusing and downright emotional for me and my comments were made based on my personal dissatisfaction with the results. I am very connected to my artists and know they have long careers ahead, regardless of their outcome on the show.”
After the show, Levine admitted being “a little bit p––– off.”