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umbrage (noun) feel offended or angry without sufficient reason.

Umbrage used as part of the phrase to take umbrage, means to feel offended, angry, upset, or insulted, without good reason, by something said or done by others. If you feel angry or insulted for no good reason at what others say or do, you take umbrage at their words or actions.

  • He took umbrage at her words that she does not like the food at the restaurant he had eaten. Though there was nothing in her words to offend him, he was angry.
  • Ramonís uncle took umbrage at his not visiting him for a week. It wasnít sufficient reason for his uncle to be angry, still he was angry.
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