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take offense (at) (something)

To be or feel insulted, offended, or humiliated by something. I know your comments were made completely in jest, but I couldn't help taking offense at them. I noticed your parents leaving early. I do hope they haven't taken offense.
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take offense (at someone or something)

to be insulted by someone or something. Bill took offense at Mary for her thoughtless remarks. Almost everyone took offense at Bill's new book. I'm sorry you took offense. I meant no harm.
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take offense

Feel resentment or emotional pain, as in I didn't realize he'd take offense when he wasn't invited. [Mid-1800s]
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References in classic literature ?
You're quick at taking offense, but you don't mind disgracing the whole regiment
Far from taking offense, Meriem broke into a merry laugh.
And then, as Newman, vainly consulting his memory, was obliged to confess that the promise had escaped it, she declared that he had made her, at the time, a very queer answer--an answer at which, viewing it in the light of the sequel, she had fair ground for taking offense.
Summary: New Delhi [India], Aug 27 (ANI): Taking offense at Janata Dal-United (JD(U)) rebel Sharad Yadav attending the anti-BJP rally in Patna, party leader K.
Shane Healy, director of media and communications for the Melbourne archdiocese, said that while interfering with election posters could not be condoned, "no one should be at all surprised that sisters of the Missionaries of Charity, established by Mother Teresa of Calcutta to feed and support the poorest of the poor, would be taking offense at the policies of the Sex Party," according to the article.
The admission was pretty small stuff compared to the NS A revelations, but it was a major embarrassment for President Dilma Rousseff (photo), who canceled a state visit to the United States, taking offense that the United States would spy on a friendly Brazil.
While the departments have insisted the new policy follows old safeguards, FIRE notes that the Montana letter contradicts a previous rule that there must be reasonable grounds for taking offense.
With Democrats taking offense, Rumsfeld was quick to clarify his statement.
Tolerance includes the ability to coexist with people who hold beliefs different from one's own and to be able to look at their symbols without taking offense.
We're UCLA,'' Watson says, taking offense to your implication that the Bruins are chopped liver while Duke is chipped barbecue beef.