verb (used with object)
to irritate, annoy, or anger; cause resentful displeasure in: Even the hint of prejudice offends me.
to affect (the sense, taste, etc.) disagreeably.
to violate or transgress (a criminal, religious, or moral law).
to hurt or cause pain to.
(in Biblical use) to cause to fall into sinful ways.
verb (used without object)
to cause resentful displeasure; irritate, annoy, or anger: a remark so thoughtless it can only offend.
to err in conduct; commit a sin, crime, or fault.

1275–1325; Middle English offenden < Middle French offendre < Latin offendere to strike against, displease, equivalent to of- of- + -fendere to strike

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

1. provoke, chafe, nettle, affront, insult. 7. transgress.

1. please. Unabridged
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offend (əˈfɛnd)
1.  to hurt the feelings, sense of dignity, etc, of (a person)
2.  (tr) to be disagreeable to; disgust: the smell offended him
3.  (intr except in archaic uses) to break (a law or laws in general)
[C14: via Old French offendre to strike against, from Latin offendere, from ob- against + fendere to strike]

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., "to sin against (someone)," from M.Fr. offendre, from L. offendere "strike against, stumble, commit a fault, displease," from ob "against" + fendere "to strike" (found only in compounds). 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.
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Example sentences
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.
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