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umbrage

noun um·brage \ˈəm-brij\

: a feeling of being offended by what someone has said or done

Full Definition of UMBRAGE

1
:  shade, shadow
2
:  shady branches :  foliage
3
a :  an indistinct indication :  vague suggestion :  hint
b :  a reason for doubt :  suspicion
4
:  a feeling of pique or resentment at some often fancied slight or insult <took umbrage at the speaker's remarks>
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Examples of UMBRAGE

  1. <took umbrage at the slightest suggestion of disrespect>

Origin of UMBRAGE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin umbraticum, neuter of umbraticus of shade, from umbratus, past participle of umbrare to shade, from umbra shade, shadow; akin to Lithuanian unksmė shadow
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of UMBRAGE

offense, resentment, umbrage, pique, dudgeon, huff mean an emotional response to or an emotional state resulting from a slight or indignity. offense implies hurt displeasure <takes deep offense at racial slurs>. resentment suggests lasting indignation or ill will <harbored a lifelong resentment of his brother>. umbrage may suggest hurt pride, resentment, or suspicion of another's motives <took umbrage at the offer of advice>. pique applies to a transient feeling of wounded vanity <in a pique I foolishly declined the invitation>. dudgeon suggests an angry fit of indignation <stormed out of the meeting in high dudgeon>. huff implies a peevish short-lived spell of anger usually at a petty cause <in a huff he slammed the door>.

offense, sin, vice, crime, scandal mean a transgression of law. offense applies to the infraction of any law, rule, or code <at that school no offense went unpunished>. sin implies an offense against moral or religious law <the sin of blasphemy>. vice applies to a habit or practice that degrades or corrupts <regarded gambling as a vice>. crime implies a serious offense punishable by the law of the state <the crime of murder>. scandal applies to an offense that outrages the public conscience <a career ruined by a sex scandal>.

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