AskDefine | Define umbrage

Dictionary Definition

umbrage n : a feeling of anger caused by being offended; "he took offence at my question" [syn: offense, offence]

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From umbrāticus "in the shade", from umbra "shadow, shade"


  • /ˈʌm.brɪdʒ/


  1. Feeling of anger or annoyance caused by something offensive.
  2. Feeling of doubt.
  3. shadow, shade
  4. Leaves that provide shade, as the foliage of trees


*1602 : William Shakespeare, Hamlet, act V scene 1
  • [...] 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 in his mirror, and who else would
    trace him, his umbrage, nothing more.

Derived terms


  1. To displease or cause offense.
  2. To shade.


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