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take umbrage

Feel resentment, take offense, as in Aunt Agatha is quick to take umbrage at any suggestion to do things differently. This expression features one of the rare surviving uses of umbrage, which now means “resentment” but comes from the Latin umbra, for “shade,” and presumably alludes to the “shadow” of displeasure. [ Late 1600s ]
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  • Nor was the Cuban woman slow to take umbrage at what she considered an insult.

  • In her pitiful state she was inclined to take umbrage at anything.

    Selina George Madden Martin
  • These military precautions were ever customary with us, and they were not to take umbrage on that account.

  • Tom was in far too good spirits to take umbrage at this name.

    Tom Tufton's Travels Evelyn Everett-Green
  • There can be no question of jealousy in this case, of course; but a man's love is proud and prompt to take umbrage.

    Led Astray and The Sphinx Octave Feuillet
  • Perhaps there were not many men in the kingdom less given to take umbrage at trifles than my father.

    Sir Jasper Carew Charles James Lever
  • Halfman proved too indifferent or too self-absorbed to take umbrage.

    The Lady of Loyalty House Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • These strenuous natures are apt to take umbrage at the fact of their work being interfered with.

  • Rest assured I was quite as ready to take umbrage at his action,—more so, rather, than you could have been.

    'Laramie;' Charles King

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