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Examples of umbrage in a Sentence
took umbrage at the slightest suggestion of disrespect
Recent Examples of umbrage from the Web
When a school official explained that the intent of the event (which was eventually canceled) was not to prompt a discussion of social issues and values, Ms. Marzollo took umbrage.
More recently, Peña Nieto has taken umbrage at Trump’s decision last week to send National Guard troops to patrol the southern border.
Which brings us to the one comment that Hadid took umbrage with.
In a more subtle move, some members of the Idaho Legislature allegedly took umbrage with a Democratic lawmaker’s attempt to pass a resolution supporting Simpson’s efforts to honor Andrus for his work in protecting Idaho’s natural resources.
Told of Bronin’s comments on Fox News, ICE officials took umbrage Monday.
In the first year of a new seeding process that tasks coaches of state-qualifying teams to seed their squads, 1-4, North took some umbrage with its positioning as the No.
Specifically, some council members took umbrage with a recent Tweet from Mack involving Councilmen P.G. Sittenfeld and Chris Seelbach.
Critics especially took umbrage that Davis mentioned Black History Month as part of his gripe.
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Did You Know?
Deare amber lockes gave umbrage to her face. This line from a poem by William Drummond, published in 1616, uses "umbrage" in its original sense of "shade or shadow," a meaning shared by its Latin source, umbra. ("Umbella," the diminutive form of umbra, means "a sunshade or parasol" in Latin and is an ancestor of our word umbrella.) Beginning in the early 17th century, "umbrage" was also used to mean "a shadowy suggestion or semblance of something," as when Shakespeare, in Hamlet, wrote, "His semblable is his mirror, and who else would trace him, his umbrage, nothing more." In the same century, "umbrage" took on the pejorative senses "a shadow of suspicion cast on someone" and "displeasure, offense"; the latter is commonly used today in the phrases "give umbrage" or "take umbrage."
Origin and Etymology of umbrage
Synonym Discussion of umbrage
- takes deep offense at racial slurs
- harbored a lifelong resentment of his brother
- took umbrage at the offer of advice
- in a pique I foolishly declined the invitation
- stormed out of the meeting in high dudgeon
- in a huff he slammed the door
UMBRAGE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of umbrage for English Language Learners
: a feeling of being offended by what someone has said or done
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