An example of umbrage is what you feel when someone asks you a question that you find to be presumptuous, offensive and annoying, you take umbrage with their question.
- Old Poet., Obs.
- shade; shadow
- foliage, considered as shade-giving
- offense or resentment: to take umbrage at a remark
- Archaic a semblance or shadowy appearance
Origin of umbrageMiddle English from Old French from Classical Latin umbraticus, of shade from umbra, a shade, shadow
- Offense or resentment: “On one occasion her insults had been so brilliant and finely calculated that the groom took umbrage and cancelled the wedding.” ( Salman Rushdie )
- Archaic a. Shadow or shade: “the Red Maple … with its cool, deep, yet not oppressive umbrage” ( Donald Culross Peattie )b. Trees or foliage affording shade.
Origin of umbrageMiddle English shade from Old French from Latin umbrāticum neuter of umbrāticus of shade from umbra shadow
(third-person singular simple present umbrages, present participle umbraging, simple past and past participle umbraged)