- Umbrage is defined as resentment or annoyance.
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., Obsolete 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: took umbrage at their rudeness.
- Archaic a. Shadow or shade: “the Red Maple &ellipsis; 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)