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offend

[uh-fend] /əˈfɛnd/
verb (used with object)
1.
to irritate, annoy, or anger; cause resentful displeasure in:
Even the hint of prejudice offends me.
2.
to affect (the sense, taste, etc.) disagreeably.
3.
to violate or transgress (a criminal, religious, or moral law).
4.
to hurt or cause pain to.
5.
(in Biblical use) to cause to fall into sinful ways.
verb (used without object)
6.
to cause resentful displeasure; irritate, annoy, or anger:
a remark so thoughtless it can only offend.
7.
to err in conduct; commit a sin, crime, or fault.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English offenden < Middle French offendre < Latin offendere to strike against, displease, equivalent to of- of- + -fendere to strike
Related forms
offendable, adjective
offendedly, adverb
offendedness, noun
offender, noun
half-offended, adjective
nonoffender, noun
overoffend, verb (used with object)
preoffend, verb (used with object)
reoffend, verb
unoffendable, adjective
unoffended, adjective
unoffending, adjective
Synonyms
1. provoke, chafe, nettle, affront, insult. 7. transgress.
Antonyms
1. please.
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Examples from the web for offend
  • In voicing this mild, admittedly personal opinion, it was certainly never my intention to offend readers.
  • Anyway, verbatim, their words might offend readers of a family newspaper.
  • But it didn't offend me because they weren't doing it to be menacing.
  • To not offend they supergroup of behaviors can be called tradition.
  • He could also offend people, and he did so frequently.
  • It is easy to offend so you must be ever alert to the impact not only of what you say, but how you say it.
  • Businessmen fear punitive tax demands if, say, they offend an official.
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  • How easy it is to manipulate those mortally afraid to offend.
  • Yet all the ministers were fretfully anxious not to offend the uninvited.
British Dictionary definitions for offend

offend

/əˈfɛnd/
verb
1.
to hurt the feelings, sense of dignity, etc, of (a person)
2.
(transitive) to be disagreeable to; disgust: the smell offended him
3.
(intransitive except in archaic uses) to break (a law or laws in general)
Derived Forms
offender, noun
offending, adjective
Word Origin
C14: via Old French offendre to strike against, from Latin offendere, from ob- against + fendere to strike
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Word Origin and History for offend
v.

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.

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