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3/11/16 Today’s Word Is…

Umbrage

(‘əmbrij)

n. 1. Offense, annoyance, displeasure (‘to take umbrage at’ or ‘give umbrage to’ someone or something)

2. Shade or shadow, as from a tree

In Case You’re Interested

“Umbrage’ has been around since the 1400’s. It comes from Middle French ombra, ‘shade, shadow’, which comes from Latin umbra, which also meant ‘shade, shadow’, so it pretty much meant that for a long time, and the figurative meaning of being displeased came later.

Related words include ‘penumbra’ (the partial shadow of an eclipse), ‘umbrella’, and one of my personal favorite adjectives, ‘umbrageous.’ Also related: Dolores Umbridge of Harry Potter fame, a fairly shady character.

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