umbrage
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin umbraticum, neuter of umbraticus of shade, from umbratus, past participle of umbrare to shade, from umbra shade, shadow; akin to Lithuanian unksmė shadow Date: 15th century 1. shade, shadow 2. shady branches ; foliage 3. a. an indistinct indication ; vague suggestion ; hint b. a reason for doubt ; suspicion 4. a feeling of pique or resentment at some often fancied slight or insult <
took umbrage at the speaker's remarks
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Synonyms: see offense

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  • Umbrage — Um brage (?; 48), n. [F. ombrage shade, suspicion, umbrage, L. umbraticus belonging to shade, fr. umbra a shade. Cf. {Umber}, {Umbratic}.] 1. Shade; shadow; obscurity; hence, that which affords a shade, as a screen of trees or foliage. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • umbrage — (n.) early 15c., shadow, shade, from M.Fr. ombrage shade, shadow, from L. umbraticum, neut. of umbraticus of or pertaining to shade, from umbra shade, shadow, from PIE root *andho blind, dark (Cf. Skt. andha , Avestan anda blind, dark ). Many… …   Etymology dictionary

  • umbrage — ► NOUN (in phrase take umbrage) ▪ offence or annoyance. ORIGIN originally in the sense «shade or shadow», later «shadowy outline» and «ground for suspicion»: from Latin umbra shade …   English terms dictionary

  • umbrage — [um′brij] n. [ME < OFr < L umbraticus, of shade < umbra, a shade, shadow] 1. [Obs. or Old Poet.] shade; shadow 2. foliage, considered as shade giving 3. offense or resentment [to take umbrage at a remark] 4. Archaic a semblance or… …   English World dictionary

  • umbrage — I noun acrimony, alienation, anger, animosity, annoyance, bad blood, bile, bitterness, choler, disaffection, discord, dislike, displeasure, dissatisfaction, dudgeon, enmity, estrangement, grudge, hatred, hostility, ill humor, ill will,… …   Law dictionary

  • umbrage — 1 shadow, *shade, umbra, penumbra, adumbration 2 *offense, resentment, pique, dudgeon, huff Analogous words: annoyance, vexation, irking (see corresponding verbs at ANNOY): irritation, exasperation, provocation, nettling (see corresponding verbs… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • umbrage — [n] personal displeasure anger, annoyance, chagrin, exasperation, fury, grudge, high dudgeon*, huff, indignation, injury, ire, irking, irritation, miff*, nettling*, offense, pique, provoking, rage, resentment, sense of injury, vexation, wrath;… …   New thesaurus

  • umbrage — [15] Umbrage is one of a group of English words that go back ultimately to Latin umbra ‘shadow’. Indeed, it was originally used for ‘shade, shadow’ in English: ‘the light, and also … the false umbrage which the moon doth show forth’, Betham,… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • umbrage — [15] Umbrage is one of a group of English words that go back ultimately to Latin umbra ‘shadow’. Indeed, it was originally used for ‘shade, shadow’ in English: ‘the light, and also … the false umbrage which the moon doth show forth’, Betham,… …   Word origins

  • umbrage — /um brij/, n. 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.… …   Universalium

  • umbrage — [ ʌmbrɪdʒ] noun 1》 offence or annoyance. 2》 archaic shade or shadow, especially as cast by trees. Derivatives umbrageous adjective Word History Umbrage is first recorded in the late Middle Ages. It entered English from Old French, and comes from… …   English new terms dictionary

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