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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
  • His frankness was irresistible; she could not take offense so she sat down again.

    Mistress Anne Temple Bailey
  • It is a presumption at which the acquaintance may take offense.

    Our Deportment John H. Young
  • “No,” said Stirling, with a curtness at which Weston could not take offense.

    The Gold Trail Harold Bindloss
  • He was a surly old ruffian, quick to take offense, and absolutely fearless.

    The Pirate of Panama William MacLeod Raine

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