- offense; annoyance; displeasure: to feel umbrage at a social snub; to give umbrage to someone; to take umbrage at someone's rudeness.
- the slightest indication or vaguest feeling of suspicion, doubt, hostility, or the like.
- leaves that afford shade, as the foliage of trees.
- shade or shadows, as cast by trees.
- a shadowy appearance or semblance of something.
Origin of umbrage
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Examples from the Web for umbrage
Find out what will give most umbrage to your Court, and I will tell you why in my next.The Fortunes Of Glencore
Charles James Lever
A thing looked at with umbrage by the English, by the Dutch.History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XVI. (of XXI.)
Umbrage went out to see if he could gather any information about a prize-fight.When a Man's Single
J. M. Barrie
Fulkerson added, in concession to the umbrage he detected in March.The March Family Trilogy, Complete
William Dean Howells
Talleyrand and Fouche were not the only ones who gave him umbrage.An Historical Mystery
Honore de Balzac
- displeasure or resentment; offence (in the phrase give or take umbrage)
- the foliage of trees, considered as providing shade
- rare shadow or shade
- archaic a shadow or semblance
Word Origin and History for umbrage
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.