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.
Members of the audience took offence to the storyline which had a dark twist.
Alliance Chief Whip Stewart Dickson took offence at the post after Mr Wilson was questioned for referring to Jim Allister as a "thug" during a Stormont committee meeting The East Antrim MLA tweeted: "Interrogated at behest of Assembly jihadists by watchdog D Bain for being nasty to J Allister.
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.
Stranger John Pacewitch took offence and came over and punched the pensioner hard to the head.
Sacha Baron Cohen made the song for the film Borat, which many Kazakhs took offence to.
The defendant took offence at this but there can be absolutely no excuse for doing what he did.
Pistorius, 24, who has been dogged by controversy following the decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport to allow him to compete with artificial legs, took offence at the line of questioning from the usually affable Rob Bonnet, who asked: "Some people regard you as an inspiration to Paralympic athletes.
A previous rally on January 28 against economic austerity led to heated exchanges between north Cyprus and Ankara after Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan took offence at banners calling for Turkey to "get your hands off the Turkish Cypriots".
But one col league took offence and made a complaint about the 23-year-old member of Bournemouth Borough Council in Dorset.