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Umbrage, Ombrage, n. [Late ME and e.m.E. vmbrage (Lydgate), ombrage (1604), OF umbrage, ombrage, L. umbrāticus, f. umbra.]

1. Shade, shadow; the shadow cast by an object. 1513 Doug. xii Prol. 72.
Towris, turettis, kyrnellis [etc.] … Stude payntit, euery fyall, fayn and stage Apon the plane grund by thar awyn vmbrage
1513 Doug. xiii Prol. 40.
The nycht furthspred hir cloke with sabill lyst, That all the bewte of the fructuus feld Was with the erthis vmbrage clene ouurheld
c1590 J. Stewart 93/492.
The sauuage pastor and his troup may quyt Cauld cumlie vmbrage of this cawe
a1649 Drummond I 65/25.
Deare amber lockes gaue vmbrage to her face
1665–7 Lauder Jrnl. 25.
That … canale on the banks of which are … umbrages of tries making allies to the length of halfe a mile

2. A hint, inkling, suspicion (of something). 1649 Rec. Kirk Scotl. 571.
Our neernes to Carlile was thought might give Lambert some ombrages of both a stronger and a neerer approach
1697 Conv. Burghs IV 246.
That all things may proceed with that equality … as may leave no umbrage of discontent in tyme comeing

3. Offence, displeasure. 1704 Cromartie Corr. I 243.
That might give umbrage to people in Scotland
1724 Wodrow Corr. (1843) III 140.
They all have your case very much at heart, and all the umbrage is over

b. To stand in umbrage with (another), to be in disfavour with, suffer the displeasure of. a1649 Drummond Wks. (1711) 110.
He knew Sir James stood in some umbrage with the king

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