But Paul said he did not wish to offend the governor, noting, “He might raise my taxes or something.”
It warned attendees not to offend African and Arab immigrants by guessing their country of origin.
It struck me as motivated by his longstanding desire to offend liberal sensibility, at which pursuit he succeeded.
Child sex abuse is horribly frightening and those who offend should indeed be punished.
But will his female-oriented site be a similar success, or just offend everybody?
The honors heaped upon Giordano by the Marquess of Heliche, compelled him to neglect and offend other patrons.
"You do not offend, but you misunderstand me," said Belinda.
I do not recollect to have said any thing of you that could offend,—certainly, nothing intentionally.
I have been requested to take a holiday, and, rather than offend the powers that be, have given in.
More obnoxious than Chinese stenchpots are these dispositions which offend the spiritual sense.
early 14c., "to sin against (someone)," from Old French ofendre "transgress, antagonize," and directly from Latin offendere "to hit, strike against," figuratively "to stumble, commit a fault, displease, trespass against, provoke," from ob "against" (see ob-) + -fendere "to strike" (found only in compounds; see defend).
Meaning "to violate (a law), to make a moral false step, to commit a crime" is from late 14c. Meaning "to wound the feelings" is from late 14c. The literal sense of "to attack, assail" is attested from late 14c.; this has been lost in Modern English, but is preserved in offense and offensive. Related: Offended; offending.