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Definition anger caused by being offended
  • 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
umbrage = offense
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • I take great umbrage at any implication from you that I have behaved in any way unbecoming.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • I take umbrage at this.
    Meg Cabot  --  Queen of Babble
  • It is only fitting, therefore, that we fallen ones take umbrage within the pale of another venerable tradition.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • He was regarding me with much umbrage.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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