umbrage


umbrage

noun

  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. leaves that afford shade, as the foliage of trees.
  4. shade or shadows, as cast by trees.
  5. a shadowy appearance or semblance of something.

noun

  1. displeasure or resentment; offence (in the phrase give or take umbrage)
  2. the foliage of trees, considered as providing shade
  3. rare shadow or shade
  4. archaic a shadow or semblance

n.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.

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