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take exception to

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take exception to

  1. (idiomatic) To be offended by; to consider offensive.[1][2][3]
    I take exception to the assumption that simply because I am young I am not able to discern fact from fiction.
    • 1898 July 20, Percival A. Nairne, letter, published in the Lancet of 1898 December 10, page 1575:
      I am sorry to learn that the senior medical staff of the Dreadnought Hospital take exception to portions of Sir Henry Burdett's letter [] which was published in the Times of July 11th.
    • 1984, Jean S. McGill, Edmund Morris, Frontier Artist,[1] Dundurn Press, ISBN 9780919670792, page 165:
      [] the body of a deceased Indian, wrapped in a blanket and reposing on the limbs of an old tree in the sandhills. Horatio Walker, then President of the Club and generally so sympathetic with artists, seemingly took exception to it, and Morris felt the silent criticism []
    • 1989, in Asia Yearbook,[2], Far Eastern Economic Review, page 167:
      Upset, about 20 Kuala Lumpur-based judges met on 25 March and decided that Salleh should write to the king explaining their position. The king apparently took exception to the letter or to the manner in which it was sent []
  2. (idiomatic) To object to; to disagree with.



  1. ^ Exception” in Ebenezer Cobham Brewer, Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (1898).
  2. ^ “exception” in Charlton Laird, Webster's New World Thesaurus, third edition, Simon and Schuster (2003), ISBN 978-0-7434-7071-1, page 147.
  3. ^ “take exception to” in Ilo Stefanllari, English-Albanian Dictionary of Idioms, Hippocrene Books (2000), ISBN 978-0-7818-0783-8, page 465.