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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Maybe Lions fans would take umbrage with describing the Cardinals' comeback to tie Detroit fun. Barry Wilner, chicagotribune.com, "A whole lot of everything on first weekend of 100th season," 9 Sep. 2019 Other people saw the raunchy sequence as a critique of toxic fandoms, suggesting that many of the fans who took umbrage with it may have written similar fiction themselves. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "'Euphoria': Louis Tomlinson says he didn't approve fake sex scene with Harry Styles," 1 July 2019 Not surprisingly, the Trump administration has taken umbrage. The Economist, "France is giving unilateralism a go," 22 Aug. 2019 Someone might take umbrage at your words, but most people won't. BostonGlobe.com, "Horoscope," 22 Aug. 2019 That Cuomo took umbrage at the name, though, is not all that surprising. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "CNN’s Chris Cuomo said “Fredo” is like “the n-word” for Italians. It’s … not.," 13 Aug. 2019 Trump has taken particular umbrage at Cummings for criticizing his Department of Homeland Security chief during a congressional hearing earlier this month over reports of unsanitary conditions for children at border facilities. Author: Tim Elfrink, John Wagner, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump lashes out anew at Rep. Cummings and the ‘corrupt’ city he represents, says Baltimore residents have thanked him," 30 July 2019 Ocasio-Cortez took particular umbrage at Pelosi's string of recent reprimands. Jonathan Allen, NBC News, "Amid 'race card' allegations, Pelosi teaches Ocasio-Cortez a math lesson," 14 July 2019 Many of us descendants of earlier immigrants from those countries take extreme umbrage at those sentiments. Letter Writers, Twin Cities, "Letters: What radical politician made this proclamation?," 7 July 2019

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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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