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 ?
Bondly took offence, and with his musket came down to the shore, and blew its deadly contents into the poor old man.
She felt certain that he was not the same as usual; for one thing, he took offence at everything she said.
In the days when Cloisterham took offence at the existence of a railroad afar off, as menacing that sensitive constitution, the property of us Britons: the odd fortune of which sacred institution it is to be in exactly equal degrees croaked about, trembled for, and boasted of, whatever happens to anything, anywhere in the world: in those days no neighbouring architecture of lofty proportions had arisen to overshadow Staple Inn.
when you know that she took offence at the poor dear boy's ever being born at all.
From every street and every corner drove carriages filled with clowns, harlequins, dominoes, mummers, pantomimists, Transteverins, knights, and peasants, screaming, fighting, gesticulating, throwing eggs filled with flour, confetti, nosegays, attacking, with their sarcasms and their missiles, friends and foes, companions and strangers, indiscriminately, and no one took offence, or did anything but laugh.
Yesterday, in the chamber Mr Bennett said: "I am sorry that people took offence at what I said and I wish to make it clear that I respect your authority as chair.
Top official of provincial police has said that no evidence was found against late Mashal to back what the culprits took offence of.
A DISABLED MLA took offence after a DUP member told him he was standing up for social housing rights.
Shailaja took offence to a prayer song that was sung at the event.
I took offence to the way he spoke to me, that's the bottom line," Prince said.
He sort of took offence when Adrian Chiles asked if he used to stand in a defensive wall with his glasses on.
I then read those who took offence and responded harshly and finally the concluding letter by Thando and must say that it was informative, a joy to read, educative and, an excellent way of redeeming his/her initial thoughts.
While the crowd cheered Palash, many girls present at the festival took offence and complained to the organisers.
And even though both players he was addressing were mixed race, neither took offence and both have said so publicly.
Hodgson has apologised publicly for the remark about Townsend, which he insisted was misinterpreted by someone inside the dressing room at the time who took offence.