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Tuesday, April 15, 2003

Definitions for umbrage

  1. Shade; shadow; hence, something that affords a shade, as a screen of trees or foliage.
  2. a. A vague or indistinct indication or suggestion; a hint.
  3. b. Reason for doubt; suspicion.

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Citations for umbrage
Burr finally took umbrage, and challenged him to a duel. Richard A. Samuelson, Commentary
In almost all the walks of his life, he appears to have been both astoundingly rude and genuinely astonished that anyone should take umbrage. Robert Winder, New Statesman
Origin of umbrage
late Middle English
Umbrage is derived from Latin umbra, "shade."