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take offense

Feel resentment or emotional pain, as in I didn't realize he'd take offense when he wasn't invited. [ Mid-1800s ]
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  • Yes, but I only accepted because he looked quarrelsome, and I was afraid he might take offense if I refused.

    Mark Mason's Victory Horatio Alger
  • It would have been more than mortal not to take offense at that.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • It is a presumption at which the acquaintance may take offense.

    Our Deportment John H. Young
  • I'll not take offense at your doing that, quite the contrary.

  • He was a surly old ruffian, quick to take offense, and absolutely fearless.

    The Pirate of Panama William MacLeod Raine

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