1. Shade; shadow; obscurity; hence, that which affords a shade, as a screen of trees or foliage. "Where highest woods, impenetrable To star or sunlight, spread their umbrage broad." (Milton)

2. Shadowy resemblance; shadow. "The opinion carries no show of truth nor umbrage of reason on its side." (Woodward)

3. The feeling of being overshadowed; jealousy of another, as standing in one's light or way; hence, suspicion of injury or wrong; offense; resentment. "Which gave umbrage to wiser than myself." (Evelyn) "Persons who feel most umbrage from the overshadowing aristocracy." (Sir W. Scott)

Origin: F. Ombrage shade, suspicion, umbrage, L. Umbraticus belonging to shade, fr. Umbra a shade. Cf. Umber, Umbratic.

(01 Mar 1998)

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