umbrage

noun
um·​brage | \ ˈəm-brij How to pronounce umbrage (audio) \

Definition of umbrage

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

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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

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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."

Examples of umbrage in a Sentence

took umbrage at the slightest suggestion of disrespect

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Among those who took umbrage were U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, many state officials, and coaches and administrators at rival institutions. Dave Skretta, The Seattle Times, "Missouri files brief as it seeks to overturn NCAA sanctions," 25 Mar. 2019 His public lectures and his relationship with the press fed journalists and authors who in turn wrote articles that influenced the public, leading, finally, to the ultimate change agent: popular umbrage. Eugenia Bone, WSJ, "‘The Poison Squad’ Review: Ever Wonder What’s In It?," 27 Sep. 2018 The men-interrupting-women theme fell into a familiar source of social media umbrage. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Democrats Have Great Female Presidential Candidates. They Need to Avoid the Victim Trap.," 22 Apr. 2018 Fans took umbrage with the token by pointing out a hilarious irony: that amount of credit couldn't even buy a virtual canvas bag within the game in question. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Bethesda’s attempt to fix a Fallout 76 blunder leaks angry shoppers’ PID [Updated]," 5 Dec. 2018 Petitioner took umbrage with the request for a nanny. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Michael Avenatti has been arrested on a domestic violence charge," 14 Nov. 2018 The North Korea coin, ordered by White House Communications Agency personnel, drew umbrage across the political spectrum for a different reason. New York Times, "Trump Leaves His Mark on a Presidential Keepsake," 24 June 2018 Some cryptocurrency zealots take great umbrage with this bubble talk. Mark Zandi, Philly.com, "Bitcoin is outpacing stocks but it's still a big bubble, Moodys' Mark Zandi warns," 22 Mar. 2018 These days, Johnny Depp lives under the umbrage of Amber Heard's allegations of abuse. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "Johnny Depp Changed His Amber Heard Tattoo From "Slim" To "Scum"," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of umbrage

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for 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

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umbrage

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English Language Learners Definition of umbrage

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

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