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  • He was regarding me with much umbrage.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • If he had sped off into the night, then all might have been well, but although I sensed a slight hesitancy, I also felt an intransigence, a feisty Hibernian umbrage at my father’s nickel that matched the old man’s rage at this indefensible language.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I wasn’t sure what Jem resented most, but I took umbrage at Mrs. Dubose’s assessment of the family’s mental hygiene.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Vampa took this wild road, which, enclosed between two ridges, and shadowed by the tufted umbrage of the pines, seemed, but for the difficulties of its descent, that path to Avernus of which Virgil speaks.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo

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  • He might with ease have borne Euphorbos’ gear away, had not Apollo taken umbrage and aroused Hektor, peer of the swift wargod, against him.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • 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 is his mirror, and who else would trace him, his umbrage, nothing more.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • —He took umbrage at something or other, that muchinjured but on the whole eventempered person declared, I let slip.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • O! might I here In solitude live savage; in some glade Obscured, where highest woods, impenetrable To star or sun-light, spread their umbrage broad And brown as evening: Cover me, ye Pines!
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Mr. Jack Maldon shook hands with me; but not very warmly, I believed; and with an air of languid patronage, at which I secretly took great umbrage.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • to the infant imagination and the infant palate; it was here that you took your first walks abroad, following the nursery-maid with unequal step and sniffing up the strange odour of the ailantus-trees which at that time formed the principal umbrage of the Square, and diffused an aroma that you were not yet critical enough to dislike as it deserved; it was here, finally, that your first school, kept by a broad-bosomed, broad-based old lady with a ferule, who was always having tea in a
    Henry James  --  Washington Square

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  • I take great umbrage at any implication from you that I have behaved in any way unbecoming.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • You can always winkle out their birth names if you like, but they take umbrage if you use them.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • It is only fitting, therefore, that we fallen ones take umbrage within the pale of another venerable tradition.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • I take umbrage at this.
    Meg Cabot  --  Queen of Babble
  • Therefore, just and wise men take umbrage at his act, until after some little time be past: then they see it to be in unison with their acts.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • Occasionally she would take immense umbrage, such as when he hung his mackintosh on her peg, and she stood in front of it shaking for fully five minutes, until Liz spotted her and called Leamas.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • It also included a flash of Adams’s temper—in what he said in response to Pickering’s umbrage over the impatience Talleyrand had expressed about the time the Americans were taking to get things moving.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Antipathy in one nation against another disposes each more readily to offer insult and injury, to lay hold of slight causes of umbrage, and to be haughty and intractable, when accidental or trifling occasions of dispute occur.
    George Washington  --  Washington’s Farewell Address
  • The last object at which Elizabeth gazed when they renewed their journey, after their encountre with Richard, was the sun, as it expanded in the refraction of the horizon, and over whose disk the dark umbrage of a pine was stealing, while it slowly sank behind the western hills.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • So jealous was he of her being respected, that, on this very journey down from the Great Saint Bernard, he took sudden and violent umbrage at the footman’s being remiss to hold her stirrup, though standing near when she dismounted; and unspeakably astonished the whole retinue by charging at him on a hard-headed mule, riding him into a corner, and threatening to trample him to death.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • As it can give no umbrage to the writers against the plan of the federal Constitution, let us suppose, that as they are the most zealous, so they are also the most sagacious, of those who think the late convention were unequal to the task assigned them, and that a wiser and better plan might and ought to be substituted.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • And he answer’d and saide thus; "Madame, I pray you that ye take it not agrief;* *amiss, in umbrage By God, *me mette* I was in such mischief,** *I dreamed* **trouble Right now, that yet mine heart is sore affright’.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • The interfering and unneighborly regulations of some States, contrary to the true spirit of the Union, have, in different instances, given just cause of umbrage and complaint to others, and it is to be feared that examples of this nature, if not restrained by a national control, would be multiplied and extended till they became not less serious sources of animosity and discord than injurious impediments to the intercourse between the different parts of the Confederacy.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • At length, confused by fright and heat, and doubting whether half London might not by this time be turning out for my apprehension, I left the young man to go where he would with my box and money; and, panting and crying, but never stopping, faced about for Greenwich, which I had understood was on the Dover Road: taking very little more out of the world, towards the retreat of my aunt, Miss Betsey, than I had brought into it, on the night when my arrival gave her so much umbrage.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Perhaps his irascibility demanded compensation for some tediousness that the visitor had expended on him; however that was, he took such umbrage at seeing his wife with her apron over her head, that he charged at her, and taking her veiled nose between his thumb and finger, appeared to throw the whole screw-power of his person into the wring he gave it.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Philander was too much relieved at the happy outcome to their adventure to take umbrage at the professor’s cruel fling.
    Burroughs, Edgar Rice  --  Tarzan of the Apes
  • As I understand from cook, m’lady, the animal appears to have taken umbrage at a lack of cordiality on the part of the cat.
    Wodehouse, Pelham Grenville  --  Uneasy Money
  • would trace him, his umbrage, nothing more.
    Shakespeare, William  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • Had one suggested that he ever had been aught than the soul of honor and chivalry he would have taken umbrage forthwith.
    Burroughs, Edgar Rice  --  The Son Of Tarzan
  • Therefore just and wise men take umbrage at his act, until after some little time be past: then they see it to be in unison with their acts.
    Emerson, Ralph Waldo  --  Essays, First Series
  • In what can an intendant, that is to say my subordinate, my clerk, give me umbrage or injure me, even if he is Monsieur Colbert?
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  Ten Years Later
  • Burns, to whom I imparted my fears, chose to take great umbrage at them.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  The Shadow Line
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