• WordNet 3.6
    • n umbrage a feeling of anger caused by being offended "he took offence at my question"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Umbrage Shade; shadow; obscurity; hence, that which affords a shade, as a screen of trees or foliage. "Where highest woods, impenetrable
      To star or sunlight, spread their umbrage broad."
    • Umbrage Shadowy resemblance; shadow. "The opinion carries no show of truth nor umbrage of reason on its side."
    • Umbrage The feeling of being overshadowed; jealousy of another, as standing in one's light or way; hence, suspicion of injury or wrong; offense; resentment. "Which gave umbrage to wiser than myself.""Persons who feel most umbrage from the overshadowing aristocracy."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n umbrage Shade; a shadow; obscurity.
    • n umbrage That which affords a shade; specifically, a screen of trees or foliage.
    • n umbrage A slight appearance; an apparition; a shade.
    • n umbrage The feeling of being overshadowed, as by another standing in one's light or way; hence, suspicion of slight or injury; offense; resentment.
    • n umbrage Synonyms See pique and animosity.
    • umbrage To shade.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Umbrage um′brāj suspicion of injury: offence: a shade of foliage: a slight appearance
    • v.t Umbrage to shade
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. ombrage, shade, suspicion, umbrage, L. umbraticus, belonging to shade, fr. umbra, a shade. Cf. Umber Umbratic


In literature:

His most trifling actions, his way of eating, of taking coffee, of talking, gave her umbrage and irritated her nerves.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 380, June, 1847" by Various
Turning from these fierce natives of the forest, we will now take a glimpse at the peaceful inhabitants of those umbrageous regions.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
The Czar professed to take great umbrage at these stipulations.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
Farther on, low vallies spread their umbrageous thickets, where the dusky shadows of night had begun to assemble.
"Alonzo and Melissa" by Daniel Jackson, Jr.
And there was the imminent risk that the bees, disturbed by the noise of flight and pursuit, might take umbrage.
"In the Morning of Time" by Charles G. D. Roberts
Jake took no umbrage.
"The Night Riders" by Ridgwell Cullum
Scipio listened without the slightest umbrage.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
Bucks repeated his request, but so mildly that Levake took additional umbrage at his diffidence.
"The Mountain Divide" by Frank H. Spearman
Certainly that friendship had given great umbrage to her husband.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
More than likely she took umbrage at that.
"Daisy Brooks" by Laura Jean Libbey
And peering through those clouds, one may see the lovers, groping in the umbrage.
"In the Heart of a Fool" by William Allen White
I shall take no umbrage at the failure of my communications to call forth replies.
"An Ocean Tramp" by William McFee
He says, moreover, that this change has given umbrage to the army.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
A girl of another sort would have found in this straightforward speech additional cause for umbrage.
"Peggy Raymond's Vacation" by Harriet L. (Harriet Lummis) Smith
And starting from the umbrageous avenue Spread the rich pile, magnificent to view?
"The Poetical Works of William Lisle Bowles Vol. 2" by William Lisle Bowles
But he was unwilling to give umbrage to Philip, who had told him in any extremity to rely on him.
"History of the Reign of Philip the Second, King of Spain." by William H. Prescott
How green the umbrageous trees!
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 93, July 16, 1887" by Various
Bubble took distinct umbrage.
"Young Wallingford" by George Randolph Chester
Perhaps there were not many men in the kingdom less given to take umbrage at trifles than my father.
"Sir Jasper Carew His Life and Experience" by Charles James Lever
Find out what will give most umbrage to your Court, and I will tell you why in my next.
"The Fortunes Of Glencore" by Charles James Lever

In poetry:

Will you wake wind-wafts on these stairs?
Swing the doors open noisily?
Show as an umbraged ghost beside
Your ancient tree?
"At A House In Hampstead Sometime The Dwelling Of John Keats" by Thomas Hardy
Round whose foundations, side by side,
Sleep hamlet wit and village sage,
While loud the blackbird cheers his bride
Deep in umbrageous Vicarage.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
Thus Damon sung—What though unknown to praise,
Umbrageous coverts hide my Muse and me,
Or mid the rural shepherds flow my days?
Amid the rural shepherds, I am free.
"Elegy XXI. Taking a View of the Country From His Retirement" by William Shenstone
'Twas good Palemon—Near a shaded pool,
A group of ancient elms umbrageous rose;
The flocking rooks, by Instinct's native rule,
This peaceful scene for their asylum chose.
"Elegy XV. In Memory of a Private Family in Worcestershire" by William Shenstone
If near some trophy spring a stripling bay,
Pleased we behold the graceful umbrage rise;
But soon too deep it works its baneful way,
And low on earth the prostrate ruin lies.
"Elegy VIII. He Describes His Early Love of Poetry, and Its Consequences" by William Shenstone
Tell it to the bees, lest they
Umbrage take and fly away,
That the dearest boy is dead,
Who went singing, blithe and dear,
By the golden hives last year.
Curly-head, ah, curly-head!
"Telling the Bees: (For Edward Tennant)" by Katharine Tynan

In news:

Umbrage Editions publishes high-quality visual books and organizes traveling exhibitions that often premiere in the publisher's own Brooklyn gallery.
Nowadays there's apparently nothing like a losing lawyer's umbrage to make you get religion.
The umbrage industry was working overtime last week.
Musto took umbrage with the group narrowly endorsing Mitt Romney for president.
Maryland's governor has taken umbrage at ads funded by Penn National Gaming, which owns the Hollywood Casino, opposing a table games proposal in his state.
In the past few days, a couple of folks - including one of the eight staffers at - took umbrage at a reference to the progressive organization in my column last Sunday.
Jimmy Kimmel 'Takes Umbrage ' with Jay Leno on 'Larry King Now'.
Taking umbrage with a photo.
Chief takes umbrage at stadium criticism.
Asante Samuel takes umbrage with 'steep decline' comment.
A race to take umbrage .
Enough With the Phony Umbrage .
Democrats Need to Stop the Umbrage Game on Rep Joe Wilson.
Dennis Miller takes umbrage at The Mirage.
The umbrage industry is working overtime this week.