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."

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took umbrage at the slightest suggestion of disrespect
Recent Examples on the Web During a 16-8 win at Syracuse, Bentley — a Quaker farm boy from Sandy Spring, Maryland — took umbrage with a foul-mouthed fan in the stands. Mike Klingaman,, 22 July 2021 Jrue Holiday took umbrage with the way the Bucks were called in defending Brooklyn’s Kevin Durant in the East semi-finals. Jim Owczarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 July 2021 Not out of umbrage, not out of anger or revenge or criticism or accusation. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, 19 June 2021 Narrator George Blagden beautifully captures the tenor of Nana’s mordant wit, his lofty view of himself, and his frequent spates of umbrage at human presumption and sheer stupidity. Washington Post, 14 Dec. 2020 Gallagher took umbrage at his colleagues’ vote against the extension. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, 9 June 2021 Consider the umbrage that Gov. Greg Abbott took last week when Joe Biden’s administration rescinded approval for a 10-year extension of a Section 1115 waiver to cover emergency care costs for the uninsured. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, 23 Apr. 2021 That message seemed to resonate with the crowd, several of whom expressed umbrage that the governor’s children returned to in-person classes at a private school last fall. Joshua Emerson Smith, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Mar. 2021 Israeli media reported that Sullivan’s tone was stern and Ben-Shabbat took umbrage at U.S. interference. Tracy Wilkinson Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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

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