- 1Offense or annoyance: she took umbrage at his remarksMore example sentences
- One of the lads took umbrage at this public affront to his manliness and duly acknowledged the driver with a hand signal that wasn't too friendly.
- A caller to a phone-in which I heard yesterday took umbrage at the underhand tactics employed by Nasa.
- Locals took umbrage at such castigation, and echoing the responses to the Wylde affair, many sought to re-affirm the respectability of the colony in the face of accusations that could be economically and politically damaging.
- 2 • archaic Shade or shadow, especially as cast by trees.More example sentences
- The umbrage of the tree didn't prevent the blinding light of the sun from getting to my eyes.
- Still dazed, I was sitting outside under the umbrage of a tree by the entrance.
- She rested beneath the umbrage of the old oak.
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- The tree has a similar umbrageous habit to other Melia azedarach and will grow to 10m height and 8-10m spread.
- The jungle is the home of giant gums and dense myrtle, of umbrageous fig and tall palm, of sassafras and supplejack.
- There I saw the first olive tree ever planted in Australia; the Cork-tree in luxuriance; the Caper growing among rocks, the English Oak, the horse chestnut, broom, magnificent mulberry trees of thirty-five years growth, umbrageous and green, great variety of roses in hedges, also climbing roses.
late Middle English (sense 2): from Old French, from Latin umbra 'shadow'. An early sense was 'shadowy outline', giving rise to 'ground for suspicion', whence the current notion of 'offense'.