What does take exception mean?

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Verb
  1. (often with the preposition to) To take offense; to object or protest.
  2. To object to; to disagree with.
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The first one suggests that Pascalian reasoners are manipulative egoists whom God might take exception to, and they won't be rewarded after all.
I would not take exception to a member discreetly sucking a peppermint or a throat lozenge, but it should go no further than that.
As someone who writes and publishes for a living, I take exception to people who go out and make money based on fabrication.
However, I take exception to the general tone of his letter.
I am astonished that you should take exception to an obviously Platonic enthusiasm.
It's not so much that they are lairy or rude or stare at people, they just tend to be a bit loud when hammered and some people tend to take exception to that.

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