follow Dictionary.com

It’s about time. We are now on Instagram!

umbrage

[uhm-brij] /ˈʌm brɪdʒ/
noun
1.
offense; annoyance; displeasure:
to feel umbrage at a social snub; to give umbrage to someone; to take umbrage at someone's rudeness.
2.
the slightest indication or vaguest feeling of suspicion, doubt, hostility, or the like.
3.
leaves that afford shade, as the foliage of trees.
4.
shade or shadows, as cast by trees.
5.
a shadowy appearance or semblance of something.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Old French; see umbra, -age
Synonyms
1. pique, grudge, resentment.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for umbrage
  • It is a risky thing to stand against such a near-universal outpouring of moral umbrage.
  • There may be a threshold of debt beyond which bond markets suddenly take umbrage.
  • The projected bands of umbrage climbed the shafts at the same speed that the blades above them turned.
  • One politician the paper interviewed for the story took a bit of umbrage at our inquiries.
  • The laird with the checker board suit took umbrage at the remarks.
British Dictionary definitions for umbrage

umbrage

/ˈʌmbrɪdʒ/
noun
1.
displeasure or resentment; offence (in the phrase give or take umbrage)
2.
the foliage of trees, considered as providing shade
3.
(rare) shadow or shade
4.
(archaic) a shadow or semblance
Word Origin
C15: from Old French umbrage, from Latin umbrāticus relating to shade, from umbra shade, shadow
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for umbrage
n.

early 15c., "shadow, shade," from Middle French ombrage "shade, shadow," from Latin umbraticum, neuter of umbraticus "of or pertaining to shade," from umbra "shade, shadow," from PIE root *andho- "blind, dark" (cf. Sanskrit andha-, Avestan anda- "blind, dark"). Many figurative uses in 17c.; main remaining one is the meaning "suspicion that one has been slighted," first recorded 1610s; hence phrase to take umbrage at, attested from 1670s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for umbrage

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for umbrage

12
16
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with umbrage

Nearby words for umbrage