take offence (at something)

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take offence (at something)

To be or feel insulted, offended, or humiliated by something. Primarily heard in UK. I know your jokes were made completely in jest, but I couldn't help taking offence at them. I noticed your parents leaving in a bit of a huff earlier; I do hope they haven't taken offence.
See also: offence, take
References in classic literature ?
In this way she was busy for several days in driving about the whole town, because some people had taken offence through precedence having been given to others.
It is not that I do not value your society; and you must never suppose that I have taken offence at anything.
She said: "This post has been taken out of perspective, and I am more than happy to explain myself face to face with anyone that has taken offence by it.
If Farah has taken offence at Vernon's sniping, why should he shake Vernon's hand and why shouldn't he tell him what to do?
In a statement, the RFU said: "We would like to apologise to those who may have taken offence with our new kit.
Summary: With conservative critics having taken offence to designs, House of Fashion president Javad Shirazi seeks to play down incident.
The organisers conveyed the complaint to Palash who then came on stage and said: " Some students have taken offence to what I have said.
Fox, 22, who has taken offence at the way people just assume that sexy stars are unintelligent, said that she should not have to prove how smart she is to anyone.
Connor, of Kelly Road, is thought to have taken offence over insults made to a woman by Mr Archer, from Barrow.
SOUTH Korean football chiefs have taken offence after North Korea refused to allow the South's flag and national anthem to be used at next month's World Cup qualifier between the two countries.
He had taken offence at his cousin trying to help him home.
Iceland has taken offence to a Tesco promotional campaign in which it claims to be cheaper than the frozen food specialist.
Perhaps most worryingly of all, they have all seemed offended that anyone could possibly have taken offence.
Members of Warwick Anti Sexism Society (WASS) have taken offence to the bar's decor that is made up of adverts from the 80s plying the trade of escorts etc.
After the lip- lock controversy involving the schoolgirl female lead that preceded its release, the acclaimed film- maker's movie is facing trouble from a Christian group which has taken offence to the ' insulting' references to Jesus and the Bible.