take exception

idiomatic phrase

: to object to something : to feel or express disagreement with or opposition to something
Domi squirted water at fans from the penalty box and a fan took exception.Gregory Strong
While her original tweet was quickly deleted, it was still spotted by other former Ulster University graduates who took exception.Mark Bain
usually used with to
She took exception to the remark.
Many physicists who read this book will take exception to Capra's views on contemporary physics.Robert March

Examples of take exception in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The states also take exception with the infinite scroll system of Instagram’s feeds, which keeps loading new content as users swipe. WIRED, 24 Oct. 2023 Koepka took exception to Rahm’s behavior during the tournament at the Marco Simone Golf Club. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, 30 Sep. 2023 The airport property takes up just over 4% of the city’s acreage, and as neighborhoods began to close in, neighbors took exception to the noise, the pollution, and the occasional smashups. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 13 June 2023 Garcia took exception to the pitch and had a heated exhange with Houston catcher Martin Maldonado. Chantz Martin, Fox News, 21 Oct. 2023 Still, unsurprisingly, some local skeptics have taken exception to this, and have contacted the University about it. Phil Plait, Discover Magazine, 9 Nov. 2010 Florida quarterback Graham Mertz took a knee and then took exception to Omari Thomas running into him. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 16 Sep. 2023 Herbert tried to grab Schroder to force him into the seat, too, which Schroder took exception to. Scott Thompson, Fox News, 3 Sep. 2023 The filmmaker also takes exception to some of the practices in the educational system. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 31 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1542, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of take exception was in 1542

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“Take exception.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20exception. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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