umbrage

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French ombrage (umbrage), from Old French, from Latin umbrāticus (in the shade), from umbra (shadow", "shade)

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Noun[edit]

umbrage (plural umbrages)

  1. Feeling of anger or annoyance caused by something offensive.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses, Episode 16
      --He took umbrage at something or other, that muchinjured but on the whole eventempered person declared, I let slip.
    • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter VI:
      If she knew [a psychiatrist was] observing her son with a view to finding out if he was foggy between the ears, there would be umbrage on her part, or even dudgeon.
  2. Feeling of doubt.
  3. Leaves that provide shade, as the foliage of trees
  4. (obsolete) shadow, shade
    • 1602, William Shakespeare, Hamlet, act V scene 1
      [...] but in the verity of extolment I take him to be a soul of great article and his infusion of such dearth and rareness as, to make true diction of him, his semblable in his mirror, and who else would trace him, his umbrage, nothing more.

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umbrage (third-person singular simple present umbrages, present participle umbraging, simple past and past participle umbraged)

  1. (transitive) To displease or cause offense.
  2. (transitive) To shade.

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Middle French[edit]

Noun[edit]

umbrage m (plural umbrages)

  1. shadow