take umbrage

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take umbrage

To become offended or angered by something. Hey, I take umbrage at the idea that I didn't put my full effort into this project.
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take umbrage

Feel resentment, take offense, as in Aunt Agatha is quick to take umbrage at any suggestion to do things differently. This expression features one of the rare surviving uses of umbrage, which now means "resentment" but comes from the Latin umbra, for "shade," and presumably alludes to the "shadow" of displeasure. [Late 1600s]
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take ˈumbrage (at something)

(formal or humorous) be offended or angry because of something, often without a good reason: She took umbrage at my remarks about her hair.
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References in classic literature ?
As I understand from cook, m'lady, the animal appears to have taken umbrage at a lack of cordiality on the part of the cat.
Had one suggested that he ever had been aught than the soul of honor and chivalry he would have taken umbrage forthwith.
There have been many other occasions over the years when religious groups have taken umbrage against some perceived slight against their beliefs, and no doubt there will be more in the future.
Fellow columnist and glamour girl Katie Price (the 'fellow' bit only applies to columnist you'll be relieved to know) has taken umbrage at my suggestion there might be more to her marriage collapse than meets the eye.
A fair percentage of MCC members, it seems, have taken umbrage at the leg room being proposed for their seats in the proposed new Warner Stand at the home of cricket, Lord's.
Several companies with religious owners have taken umbrage at that, some of them taking their umbrage all the way to the courts.
But Villas-Boas has taken umbrage with Rodgers' comments, saying: "I was surprised that publicly other managers come across almost calling a player.
It had taken umbrage at her comments comparing the North s missile launches to the behaviour of an unruly, attention-seeking teenager.
Turned out he was sat three seats along from David Cameron for the Chancellor's speech in the main conference hall and didn't want the PM to think he had taken umbrage with speech.
Gerald Davis had taken umbrage at being told off at a tanning shop for undressing in front of staff.
The damage may well have been done by someone who has taken umbrage at the work our girls do.
Spartak Moscow striker Artur Maloyan has taken umbrage at the hospitality handed out by Chelsea ahead of last night's Uefa Cup clash with Tottenham.
The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) has also taken umbrage at the government's perceived move.
Tell him you're sorry he's taken umbrage, but that you had to choose one or other of your very best mates to tackle the many chores a best man is landed with.
Lastly,according to comments in the club programme, the board seem to have taken umbrage at what they see as `negative comments' in supporters columns in local papers.