from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Affording or forming shade; shady.
  • adj. Easily offended; irritable.

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  • adj. Having shade; shady.
  • adj. irritable, easily upset

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Forming or affording a shade; shady; shaded.
  • adj. Not easily perceived, as if from being darkened or shaded; obscure.
  • adj. Feeling jealousy or umbrage; taking, or disposed to take, umbrage; suspicious.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Forming or affording a shade; shading; shady.
  • Shaded; shady: as, an umbrageous glen.
  • Obscure; doubtful, as if from being darkened or shaded; hence, suspicious; “rather shady.”
  • Apt or disposed to take offense; taking umbrage.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. filled with shade
  • adj. angered at something unjust or wrong


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From Middle French ombrageux, or from umbrage +‎ -ous.


  • India is rightly called the umbrageous land with great geographical and economic entity, ensconced in the swathe of cultural unity amidst diversity held together by the strong and invisible threads of veneration and love amongst the people.

    India Unveiled « Illiteracy Articles « Articles « Literacy News

  • He was "umbrageous," ready to be discomposed by the action of others, but, if not vexed or startled, he was elaborately courteous.

    Henrik Ibsen

  • And stripp'd the groves of their umbrageous honours,

    The Lake of Geneva

  • Sometimes it feels as if we could be in northern Florida, or maybe even southern Ohio, following backcountry tributaries through the umbrageous boondocks -- searching for beer and sniffing out adventure.

    S.D. Liddick: COP Haditha

  • He could behold beneath his eye, the lower part of the decayed village, as its ruins peeped from the umbrageous shelter with which they were shrouded.

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • He put the roses in his breast and they walked on for a little while, slowly and silently, under the umbrageous trees.

    Little Dorrit

  • Indignant, umbrageous, and unwilling to accept responsibility for his own (dire) socioeconomic predicament, Right-I languishes behind the counter at a retail chain, wondering aloud why others have eclipsed him.

    Think Progress » Tom DeLay: Response to Katrina a “Phenomenal Accomplishment”

  • The two went apart in directly opposite courses, and were soon hidden from each other by their umbrageous surroundings and by the shadows of eve.

    The Woodlanders

  • But he made no reply, and without further pause the pedestrian plunged towards the umbrageous nook, and paced cautiously over the dead leaves which nearly buried the road or street of the hamlet.

    The Woodlanders

  • Would it be a rash wager — a wager of one thousand to one — that a day never passed over the heads of these boys without finding at least one of them ensconced in the umbrageous hall, and enthroned upon its natural throne?

    The Mystery of Marie Roget


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  • Under umbrageous trees...

    - Peter Reading, Duos, from For the Municipality's Elderly, 1974

    June 22, 2008