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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
Among the folks who take umbrage with that notion is Dave Olsen, a rockweed harvester who penned a fierce rebuttal to the center’s letter.
Trump has taken umbrage at the intelligence community's determination that the Kremlin favored his candidacy over that of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Corn took umbrage at a recent Star-Telegram article about plans to expand Interstate 35W in that area.
If the women in the Hilton ballroom took special umbrage at this remark, their outrage stemmed from something more than pure altruism.
Yet consider the New York Times’s unreasoning umbrage last week that the Trump administration might roll back the stated targets when industry lobbyists had only sought more fudge in the form of electric-car credits and bonus points.
He was taken a few picks ahead of Allen Robinson and Jarvis Landry, which few will take umbrage with.
When Van Gundy was fired, Martins questioned the way Van Gundy related to players and Van Gundy took umbrage.
Had no idea that a fellow Venezuelan countryman would take serious umbrage at such a declaration.
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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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